Donation to hospice in Jayne’s memory

Jennifer Quinn, Lyn Stevenson and Sam Ritchie from East Lancashire Hospice, with Becky Lamb and Steven Lamb from Blackburn Chemicals with the cheque.
Jennifer Quinn, Lyn Stevenson and Sam Ritchie from East Lancashire Hospice, with Becky Lamb and Steven Lamb from Blackburn Chemicals with the cheque.

A donation of £25k has been donated to a crucial local hospice in memory of a Ribble Valley woman.

Steven Lamb and sister Becky Lamb from Blackburn Chemicals visited East Lancashire Hospice – which covers Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley – on behalf of the family-run business to present the bumper cheque.

They chose the hospice as the beneficiary after a family friend, Jayne Phelps, from Wilpshire, died at the hospice from cancer aged just 53.

Steven, director and vice chair of Blackburn Chemicals, said: “As a company we have always supported local causes which make a difference in our community and people’s lives.

“We have recently created a charity committee and this is the first presentation from the committee.

“We employ around 70 people and a lot of them have personal reasons for wanting to help the hospice too. So many people’s lives are affected by the work the hospice does.

“The amount of money that the hospice needs to raise each year is amazing. £25,000 is a big donation, but when you look at the £3.5million the hospice needs to raise, it would take a lot of £25,000 donations.”

Steven has helped Tim Phelps, Jayne’s husband, organise a bike ride in her memory after she died from cancer last year.

A 30-strong team from Blackburn Chemicals – including Steven and Becky – will be taking part, riding 53 miles to represent the age of the mother-of-two when she died.

Hospice chief executive Lyn Stevenson, thanked the company for their kind donation.

She said: “We are truly grateful. Each and every donation makes a difference to East Lancashire Hospice, and this will make a huge difference. It’s great to have the backing of local businesses who support their local charities.”