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Fundraiser steps down after 22 years

Saint Catherine's Fundraiser Nicky Grunwell with volunteer Pat Waines and her husband Richard.
Saint Catherine's Fundraiser Nicky Grunwell with volunteer Pat Waines and her husband Richard.

A Flamborough fundraiser is stepping down from the village’s Saint Catherine’s support group after 22 years.

In her time as a volunteer fundraiser Pat Waines and her fellow volunteers in the group have raised more than £100,000.

Pat first started fundraising for the hospice when she moved to Flamborough after marrying her husband Richard. She had grown up in Dewsbury where her family had been part of a community with a Reverend Patterson.

Pat has fond memories of performing in church plays and remembers the kind vicar and his enthusiasm for performing arts.

Revered Patterson left the community to move to Birstall as Cannon Patterson when she was still young.

When she moved to the area she discovered that by chance Cannon Patterson was in Dulverton House in Scarborough and she established contact with him again.

They became friends and he spent time with Pat and her family. When Cannon Patterson was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years later, he was transferred to St Gemma’s in Leeds for palliative and end of life care.

His GP, doctor Chico, talked to Pat about his passion for building a hospice in Scarborough so that patients such as Cannon Patterson didn’t need to travel so far for care.

As many people know, Dr Chico, was one of three people who did eventually develop the concept of Saint Catherine’s.

Saint Catherine’s fundraiser Nicky Grunwell said: “We are going to miss Pat and her bubbly personality enormously. We want to thank Pat and her husband for all they have done to support patient care over the years.

“The story about how Pat came to be part of Saint Catherine’s is very touching. The Flamborough fundraisers are all wonderful and we really hope some more supporters will come forward to help keep going what Pat has started.

“If anyone is interested and able to support this popular group, please contact me on 01723 378406 or nicky.grunwell@saintcatherines.org.uk.”