Memorial night held in memory of dad

21 May 2015

A MEMORIAL night held by a daughter and son in memory of their dad has raised £3,270.85 for the Hospice.

Memorial night held in memory of dad

Photo: Dan, his 6-month-old daughter Lottie-Jo and Chelsey.

Chelsey McNicholas, 24, and her brother Dan McNicholas, 28, organised a memorial night almost a year to the day since their dad Joseph died aged 53 at the Hospice.

Joseph from Pemberton was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in June 2011 aged 51 years old.

Around 120 friends, family and former work colleagues attended the event at St Cuthbert's on April 25th including Joseph's former colleagues from Heinz, where he worked in distribution, who donated £1,000 through the Heinz 57 club.

Chelsey, a specialist teaching assistant from Pemberton, said: "We had a DJ, a raffle, games and we held a memorial fishing match earlier in the day because dad loved fishing so we handed out the trophies at the memorial evening.
"My dad was in the Hospice for two weeks and was looked after at home by Hospice nurses too. He was anxious at coming into the Hospice but when he got there he wanted to stay. They got his pain under control and brought his spirits up because it's a lovely place.
"The Hospice has also supported me since my dad died so I wanted to do something to help. I'd like to thank everyone who came to the memorial night and especially my dad's friend Baz Ellison for organising the fishing match."

Those attending were asked for a donation on entrance and an auction was held when bidders could win a signed Wigan Athletic shirt, a signed Wigan Warriors shirt, a signed rugby ball or a signed Manchester United football. The Manchester United football alone raised £800.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice, said: "Chelsey and Dan should be really proud of themselves - they have done brilliantly to raise so much money. Their kind donation will make a huge difference to local people with life-limiting illnesses."


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