Crewe resident, Pauline Howarth, has decided it’s time to take a well-deserved break from bingo after almost ten years of running regular sessions in aid of St Luke’s.

Pauline has been a devoted supporter of the Hospice for 20 years now, raising more than £8,500. She began fundraising for the Hospice after her daughter Denise sadly passed away from breast cancer at the age of just 38. Denise was cared for at the Hospice for seven months and thought of it as her ‘home from home’.

Pauline began supporting the Hospice in memory of her daughter, first by playing St Luke’s lottery each week and from 2013 went on to run her own bingo nights at Crewe Bowling Club. Pauline would hold regular bingo nights here up to four times a year with her sessions becoming increasingly popular in the local community.

Mandy Shaw, Community Partnerships Fundraiser said, “Pauline has been a huge help to the Hospice over the years and is one of our most loyal supporters. Pauline’s continuous support has benefited the Hospice greatly and we can’t thank her enough for her kindness and generosity over the years.”

Unfortunately Pauline has decided to call time on her bingo sessions but is still finding ways to raise money for the Hospice, through delivering and collecting donation boxes between her family and friends.

St Luke’s is extremely grateful for all its supporters but long-standing, loyal donors like Pauline are sometimes hard to come by.

Pauline said, “We didn’t realise what a hospice really did until we needed it. It was our second home and first home to our daughter Denise who stayed at the Hospice for over 6 months.  They looked after all of us not just Denise and they made a very sad and difficult journey more bearable.”

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