Parky promises £5k to Hospice

23 October 2015

A year long fundraising campaign has culminated with a £5,000 donation to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Christine Parkinson, from Wigan, spent one year fundraising for three charities following her battle with breast cancer in 2013 and in memory of her uncle, Ken Merrill, who died of cancer last year.

Christine's campaign, known as 'Parky's Promise' raised £15,000 in total, with £5,000 each going to Cancer Research, the Cancer Care Centre at Wigan Infirmary and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

During the year, Christine organised a wide range of fundraising activities, both at home and at the Wigan Job Centre, where she works. Christine compiled and sold a recipe book containing the signature dishes of her family and friends, she organised a bake-off at work, a world cup competition, a handbag sale, a Tesco bag pack and a Christmas party among many other things.

Christine's cousin, who runs Andy's Chip Shop in Platt Bridge, also donated all of his takings for a whole day towards Christine's fundraising campaign, in memory of his dad, Ken, who received treatment at the Hospice last year.Christine Parkinson

Christine said: "I have been absolutely overwhelmed by everyone's support and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me and donated over the year.

"I really felt like I wanted to give something back by spending a year fundraising. It has been hard work but fun and memorable year."

Maxine Armstrong, Fundraising and Lottery Manager at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "Congratulations to Christine and her fantastic year-long fundraising challenge. We are very grateful to Christine and everyone who supported her by donating towards her campaign. This money will make a significant difference to Hospice patients across the borough."

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