TEENAGER Paige-Leigh Ashworth has helped make life better for terminally ill patients on Wearside in honour of her grandad.
The 13-year-old Hetton School pupil has raised £552 for St Benedict’s Hospice after the death of her grandfather Colin, who was supported at home by palliative care staff and Marie Curie nurses from the hospice.
“The nurses were a great help,” said Paige-Leigh’s mum – and Colin’s daughter – Susan.
Paige-Leigh made loom bands, which she sold for 20p a time, as well as keyrings to raise money for St Benedict’s.
“We are very grateful to Pat and Eddie, of Birbeck’s in Station Road, Hetton, who sold the loom bands and key rings for her,” said Susan.
St Benedict’s fund-raiser Catrina Flynn praised Paige-Leigh for all her hard work.
“We are so impressed with her,” she said.
“She has raised £552 – that is a lot of loom bands,” she said. “She has sold them to everybody on the wards here and I don’t think there is anybody at her school who has not got a loom band.
“It is an absolutely fantastic amount to raise and it is people doing little things like this that make such a difference.
“We fund the things that make the hospice a special place.”
Paige-Leigh’s generosity would help to ensure other people received the same standard of care which had helped her family through her grandfather’s final days.
Catrina said: “All the money Paige-Leigh has raised will go towards patient care – that is what the charity exists for, to make sure the hospice doesn’t feel like a hospital.
“The money will go into the general fund to support other patients.”