Daughter smashes fundraising target for St Clare’s Hospice in memory of dad

Sue Callender (middle) has raised for St Clare's Hospice in memory of her father Ray Callender.
Sue Callender (middle) has raised for St Clare's Hospice in memory of her father Ray Callender.

A daughter determined to raise £1,000 in her father’s memory has smashed her fundraising target.

Sue Callender was left devastated when dad Ray lost his battle with cancer last year, aged 87.

She set about raising £1,000 ahead of the first anniversary of his death. This was in addition to the £1,600 previously raised to enable St Clare’s Hospice to buy a specialist chair for its inpatient unit.

With the help of the people of Simonside and local businesses, Sue smashed her target and was able to hand over a cheque to the charity for £1,800 in her father’s memory.

The cash was raised through afternoon teas, sponsored walks, raffles and hosting a special Christmas lunch in May.

Sue said: “When my dad died I wanted to give something back to St Clare’s Hospice to say thank you for the care the staff gave to him.

“I managed to raise £1,600 to help pay for a specialist chair, then just I decided to carry on fundraising with the aim of raising £1,000 before his memory in July.

“It is such a great feeling to have been able to raise more than I ever thought we 

“The people of Simonside have been brilliant, they have been really supportive.

“Since the community centre on the estate closed, this has really helped to keep the community spirit alive.”

Miss Callender added: “I’ve really enjoyed the fundraising side of it and I really feels like I have given something back to St Clare’s Hospice. It is such an amazing charity.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make the fundraising a success, attended the events and donated prizes for raffles.”

Miss Callender is planning to continue fundraising for the charity. Anyone who can donate a raffle prize is asked to contact her through Facebook.

St Clare’s Hospice based in Primrose Terrace, has been providing in-patient and day care services for adults with life-limiting illnesses since 1987.

The charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising events to enable them to continue to deliver the services they do which include: a befriending service; bereavement counselling; complementary therapies; day care; in-patient unit; lymphoedema clinic; out-patient clinic; physiotherapy and spiritual care.