Longridge Rotary team in ground-breaking hospice scheme

Officials from the Rotary Club and St Catherine's Hospice
Officials from the Rotary Club and St Catherine's Hospice
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Longridge Rotary Club members are building bridges with their counterparts in Canada to support the work of St Catherine’s Hospice.

The partnership has now resuted in a ground-breaking campaign to open a unique hospice in the province of Nova Scotia.

The Rotary Clubs of Longridge and North Preston, and Preston South, teamed up to work on a project with the Lostock Hall charity, aiming to open up the hospice grounds to the wider community.

Years of fundraising resulted in a brand new footbridge being created in the grounds of St Catherine’s Park, and dignitaries attended an official opening ceremony.

The link with Canada came after a rotary club member from the country visited St Catherine’s

The project has now helped secure funding for Nova Scotia’s first ever free-standing residential hospice.

Norman Loan, club treasurer for the Rotary Club of Longridge, said: “We’ve been raising funds from various activities, such as beer festivals, comedy nights and tribute acts, and the Rotary Club of Preston South has held fundraising events too.

“We also approached the Rotary Foundation based in America to apply for a grant, and they said we needed the backing of an overseas club. Goosnargh is twinned with Halifax so they put us in touch with the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside.”

Hospice chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh added: “We held discussions with the local Rotary clubs about our desire to break barriers.”