Baroness Wilcox, Pat Caffrey, Will Gore from The i Newspaper
Since the death of her husband in 2004, Pat has collected for Woodlands Hospice on match days in local pubs around the Everton and Liverpool Football grounds. Pat has raised £157,000 against a personal target she initially set of £10,000. Pat was determined to get to £160,000 before the season ended and she retired from her fundraising bucket collections. Pat has worked tirelessly week in, week out in all weathers to raise this fantastic amount of money, and never wanted any recognition personally.
Through her husbands attendance at the day hospice Pat became aware that the hospice was striving to make a long-awaited dream a reality by building an in-patient unit adjacent to the day hospice. Although her husband would not benefit from the new unit she decided to raise money to fund the chapel in memory of Peter. Having achieved this, she then set about general fundraising with her whole focus since this time being to raise money for the hospice.
The hospice is a registered charity and is not part of the NHS although some NHS funding is received towards services. They rely heavily on the support of the public through community fundraising such as Pat’s bucket collections.
Pat has not received any official external recognition for her efforts but has generated a lot of genuine interest from the local community including Everton Football Club. Equally Pat’s story has secured local press interest from updates of her fundraising appearing in print.
‘So many people have suggested Pat should receive some official recognition by way of an award for all her efforts, sheer hard work and commitment and there could not be a better time than on her retirement to give her this due and well-deserved recognition’.