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kind donation of £1,166 to buy syringe driver


Colin Baxter

Donation to St Johns Hospice in memory of Colin Baxter.

A generous donation of £1,166 has been given to St John Hospice by two sisters in memory of their late father Colin Baxter who died on 14th July 2016 in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The money raised is the exact amount required to buy a much needed syringe driver for use by hospice patients.

Andrea Gardner of Bay Horse, Lancaster was inspired to raise money after her father had died so that others could receive end of life care to support dignity in dying. Following her fathers’ death Andrea, who was 50 in August, decided to host a party and instead of accepting presents, took donations towards ‘end of life care.’ The event was hosted at her sisters’ farm at Waddington. Over 140 guests of Andrea Gardner and her sister Susan Walmsley, attended the party and supported the event with generous donations.

Colin was a keen farmer and devoted family man. He was born 3rd September 1931 and worked on local farms from the age of 14 and at Lancaster Farmers Auction Mart as head dairy man for nineteen years. He bought his first farm, Knott Hill Farm at Lowgill, Nr Bentham in 1960 moving to Tarn Farm, Cockerham in 1968. He was a respectable dairy farmer and stockman until he retired with his wife Margaret in 1996 and moved back to Overton where lots of family and friends resided and his busyness turned into gardening keeping an immaculate garden to the very end. He was a regular competitor with Overton Horticultural Society showing a wide selection of home grown produce.

“Dad loved keeping busy but it was his love of his family…..’My family’, (Judith, Anthony, Susan, Andrea and Lisa) which was his greatest achievement and he constantly reminded us of that, being so proud of all we achieved. Dad looked after mum and mum looked after dad, sharing 63 years of a good solid marriage together with Margaret. Laughter, a love of life and family were all very important to dad.”

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Andrea and her family and friends for this very kind donation. The syringe driver that is purchased will help bring comfort to many hospice patients in the future. Thank you.

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