Newport lady keeps her mum's memory alive whilst raising money for St Davids Hospice
2:20pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Liz Turner, entertains toddlers by singing at Eveswell Community Centre, Newport. She has raised funds for St David's Hospice Care, in memory of her late mum who died of cancer (1735674)
A Newport mum that set up a singing group for pre-school children in the city has kept the memory of her mother alive – whilst raising over £1,000 for St David’s Hospice Care.
Liz Turner, 38, came up with the idea to start the group when her mother, Pat, was being cared for at home by St David’s Hospice.
Sadly, her mother passed away of cancer just a few days before the first session went ahead, but the group has gone from strength to strength since starting in October 2012.
At just £2 a session, over £1,000 has been raised already which enabled the group to present Ipads, Televisions and other electrical items to the hospice.
Liz, a mum-of-two, said: “During the time mum was being cared for at home by St David’s Hospice, we would chat about what we could do to help raise money for St David’s to help them continue their wonderful work.
“Mum ran a playgroup when I was a child and so we linked this to her love of singing and music and came up with the idea of the club. Mum was thrilled but it’s just so sad that she wasn’t able to see the group in action.”
The group was started by Liz with the help of her friend Pam and has grown from a couple of mums to regularly pulling in 10-15 every week.
“My mum would be really proud,” added Liz. “When I came up with the idea she was really behind me, she would have loved it.
“It’s fantastic to be able to raise £1,000 and give the gifts to the hospice as it’s more personal than just giving a cheque. You can see it making a real difference.”
In the next few months, Liz is looking to host a Christmas fayre as well as other singing events to help raise further funds for the hospice.
Kris Broome, of St. David’s Hospice Care, said: “I was never lucky enough to meet Pat but from speaking to Liz it sounds like the group is a fitting tribute to her.
“These gifts will take us to the next level of development and I can't wait to take them back to the hospice. We’re hugely grateful to the effort that has gone into this from everyone involved.”
The group meets every term-time week on a Tuesday morning at 9.30am at Eveswell Community Centre.
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