Saint Catherine’s “Light Up a Life”

by Jared Smith
Saint Catherine’s has launched its ‘Light up a Life’ appeal to help support patient care throughout Christmas and beyond. The appeal aims to raise much-needed funds to ensure that no family is left without support. Due to ongoing COVID guidelines, Saint Catherine’s is unable to run any Light up a Life services this year.

However, the charity is inviting supporters to share messages of remembrance and love by writing a message on one of our special Light up a Life baubles which have been posted out to regular supporters and can be picked up from any of our 11 charity shops. The baubles will then be displayed in Saint Catherine’s shop windows over the Christmas period.

Your donation will make a real difference.

Supporter Mark Rooke, who lives near Helmsley, shared his family’s story as part of this year’s Light up a Life appeal. In February 2019, Mark lost his beloved wife Jenny, who had been battling cancer. Mark said:

We were blessed when Jenny was given a bed at Saint Catherine’s. I would stay for 2 nights and 2 days, then our daughter Helen would do the same. That’s how we did it all the way through. We couldn’t have wished for anything more. Jenny slept a lot and was very peaceful, but whenever she woke up I had my lovely Jenny back. I just think unless you’ve had an experience like this as a family, it’s hard to realise the impact Saint Catherine’s has on patients and their loved ones. I don’t know what we’d have done without Saint Catherine’s and I’m forever grateful for the precious time they gave us with Jenny.”

Your donation will make a real difference. For example: £20 could pay for an in-patient’s meals and refreshments for Christmas Day, £50 could pay for a series of therapy sessions for a patient, £200 could pay for our Hospice at Home team to visit four patients in their homes, £500 could pay for a stay in the hospice over Christmas.

If you would like to make a donation as part of this year’s Light up a Life Appeal, please go to or call (01723) 378406.

Cheques payable to Saint Catherine’s Hospice can be posted to Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Light up a Life Appeal, Fundraising Department, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Please write your name and address on the reverse. You can also make a donation at any of our 11 charity shops. Thank you so much for your support.

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