Jospice salutes fundraising heroes with special awards

'They have devoted so many hours to raising money'

Two veteran fundraisers for St Joseph's Hospice have had their imminent retirements marked by special awards recognising the pair's 17-year commitment to the Merseyside hospice.
 
Long-serving bucket collectors Don Franks and Charles Callaghan were both presented with Father O'Leary Awards in the presence of family and friends, in honour of their having raised more than £400,000 during the past two decades.
 
Don, 86, from Formby, and Charles, 80, from Ainsdale, are well-known local characters on account of their cheerful fundraising outside train stations, supermarkets and sports grounds – but the time has come for them to hang up their buckets.
 
Charles said: 'We've always enjoyed collecting for the hospice and have always been incredibly impressed by everyone's generosity. It's been a great way to spend 17 years of retirement but the time is right to take a break, although we are planning one more day in the run-up to Christmas.'
 
Don added: 'People feel so strongly about the hospice and in all the years we've been collecting, we've heard nothing but praise for the hospice.'
 
The Father O'Leary Awards commemorate the 55th anniversary of St Joseph's (or Jospice), and are named after the Thornton-based hospice's founder, Father Francis O'Leary.
 
Mike Parr, chief executive of St Joseph's Hospice, said: 'I can't imagine two more deserving recipients of our prestigious Father O'Leary Award. They have devoted so many hours to raising money for the hospice and in all those years have helped thousands of patients and their families.'