A fundraising trio is carrying out a unique hospice-to-hospice scooter ride in aid of four local charities.
Keen fundraisers Jaqui Collins, 52, mum Mo Collins, 76, and friend Deborah Keenan, 46, all from Accrington, will be riding to East Lancashire Hospice, Derian House Hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice and Pendleside Hospice throughout March on consecutive Tuesdays as part of the Hospice 4 Hospice challenge.
Jaqui - a former Sergeant Major who served in the Army from 1982 to 2004 in the UK, Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus and Bosnia – wanted to help after her best friend and former colleague experienced hospice care.
Roy Silva stayed in East Lancashire Hospice at the start of 2016 before his death in February 2016, following his diagnosis of terminal neck and throat cancer. Since then, Jaqui has carried out a range of fundraisers for the charity.
She said: “Roy’s final few weeks at the hospice were pain-free, his quality of life improved and he was able to enjoy time with his friends and family.”
She added: “My mum, Mo, came up with the idea of travelling to the hospices on scooters. We thought the unusual way to fundraise would raise awareness of the fantastic work that they do.”
The trio will begin their challenge at 10am on Tuesday, March 7 from Accrington Town Hall and will ride the six miles to East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn, collecting donations en route. All money raised during the journey, which could take several hours, will be donated to the hospice.
Over the following three Tuesdays they will ride consecutively from East Lancashire Hospice to Derian House in Chorley, then from Derian House to St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston, and finally on March 28 from St Catherine’s to Pendleside Hospice in Burnley.
Sharon Crymble, fundraising manager at East Lancashire Hospice, wished them all well.
She said: “Both Jaqui and her mum Mo have put a great deal of time and effort into raising funds for the hospice, and their fundraising ideas ensure that their events are fresh and in most cases, quite a challenge.”
Accrington Mobility in Accrington Town Hall has loaned the trio the use of three mobility scooters for the ride.
The trio have raised more than £14,000 for East Lancashire Hospice over the past year from a variety of fundraisers.