Jospice receive generous jewellery donation from former patient

Grateful relative of a former patient at St Joseph’s Hospice has donated a jewellery box packed full of necklaces and earrings that have never even been worn as a way of thanks for the care she received.

Alan Hepworth, from Litherland, donated his sister Winifred’s jewellery and lots of other household goods following her death.

Winifred passed away in June following three months at St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton, and her jewellery will be sold to raise money for the Jospice.

Alan said: “Winifred was unsure about going to the hospice at first but, once she was there, she was very happy and delighted with the care she received.

“She was very independent and so she was worried that her freedom would be taken away but it wasn’t like that at all.

“By being at the hospice, it was a massive relief for all of us and we could enjoy spending quality time with Winifred without worrying about her care.

“Winifred always loved ordering nice things from TV shopping channels and kept everything in a near perfect, or even unused, condition.

“She just liked buying nice things and keeping them nice. The delivery drivers knew her so well; they even came to her funeral.”

As well as the jewellery being sold, her motor scooter will also be on sale in the hospice’s Kensington charity shop.

Jo Rigby-Clare, retail area manager at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We’re so very grateful to Alan and his family for donating so many wonderful treasures. The funds we raise in our shops go directly to caring for other patients and their families so every donation is very valuable.

“We are always on the lookout for a wide range of goods – from jewellery, clothes and toys to books and knick knacks. We also have a specialist furniture shop in Kensington and offer a furniture collection or house clearance service.

“We sell any valuable items through our eBay shop to make sure that we raise the appropriate amount of money for each item.”