Helping Hand appeal raises £8,000 for Saint Catherine's: 'We still need your support please' says charity's boss

Scarborough-based charity Saint Catherine's is celebrating as the Helping Hand fundraising appeal, run by The Scarborough News and its sister titles, has topped £8,000.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:48 am

The appeal launched in February, and runs throughout the year.

It raises cash and awareness for the charity and its many services, which are provided across a huge area along the Yorkshire Coast and into Ryedale and Driffield.

Nurses at the hospice

The charity needs £11,000 a day to run its hospice and services, and this year, a leap year, it needs even more.

Like all charities, it has been hit heavily by the coronavirus pandemic.

To donate to the appeal, forms are regularly printed in our newspapers, or you can click HERE

Here, Saint Catherine's chief executive Mike Wilkerson asks you to keep supporting ...

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We were delighted when the Scarborough News and its sister titles launched its Helping Hand campaign in February to support the work of Saint Catherine’s.

Little did we know at that time the scale of the challenges we would face with Covid-19, so when we heard in the last few days that the campaign has so far raised more than £8,500, we were absolutely thrilled.

We would like to say a huge thank you to The Scarborough News and its sister titles and to everyone in the community who has chosen to support us through the campaign and continues to do so.

This is a very difficult time for all charities and we appreciate every single donation, message and offer of support.

At Saint Catherine’s, we are still looking after patients around the clock, both in the hospice and at home. So as we continue to care for others it is wonderful to know that our supporters are out there caring for us.

With this is mind, we have just launched a new initiative called ‘We Care’, which is all about keeping in touch with our supporters, sharing positive stories and letting people know how they can help during lockdown and beyond.

The Scarborough News Helping Hand campaign is one of the ways people can do this, and we will continue to keep you up to date through the newspapers and online.

We also would like to send out a special message to our volunteers and staff currently at home.

We have a number of staff who, in line with Government advice, are staying at home and staying safe. Our 550 volunteers are also following the same advice and remaining at home.

For those not on social media or email we wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you all, that you are missed and that we are looking forward to seeing you again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thank you for your ongoing support – and from all of us here, stay safe and best wishes to you and your families.

Mike Wilkerson

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