An inspirational Winsford woman has raised more than £8,000 for St Luke’s Hospice during a year of fundraising to celebrate her 60th birthday.
Jackie Lewis never thought she’d reach the milestone birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of just 37. She decided she would dedicate her 60th birthday year to fundraising for the Hospice which has cared for and supported her and her family for more than two decades.
Jackie explains: “I have seen my children grow up and two of them get married. I’m thankful that I’m still here and I’m still looking forward, I never in a million years thought I would get to 60. I am overwhelmed to have raised so much money. My target was £6,000 so to have exceeded that is amazing. I’m so grateful to my family and friends for their support.”
Jackie started her fundraising with a 70s themed fancy dress night in February 2022. Since then, with the support of family and amazing friends, she has held a garden party, quiz night, and gaming nights run by her two sons, along with donations from her mum’s 90th and her auntie’s 80th birthdays to raise money for the Hospice. She has also organised a series of very successful raffles. Jackie would like to thank all the local people of Winsford and Northwich who bought raffle tickets.
On Sunday 5th February Jackie held her ‘fundraising finale’ at Crewe Golf Club (it was held there in memory of her cousin Roger who died in June) for more than 100 family and friends where she announced she had raised an incredible £8,251.76 for St Luke’s.
Mandy Shaw from the Fundraising Team at St Luke’s Hospice said: “Jackie is an inspirational fundraiser, never thinking of herself but always what she can do for others. She has been very open and honest about her own situation but only wanted to tell her story to ensure it helped others. It was a privilege to be at her fundraising finale and we are so grateful for the fantastic amount of money she has raised for the Hospice.”
Over the past 20 years Jackie has been supported by St Luke’s Day Hospice with pain and symptom management. She has also received complementary therapies, including Reiki, relaxation and exercise classes, to help her relax and manage her pain and anxiety.
Jackie said: “The positivity in Day Hospice is just amazing really. It isn’t a place of misery, it’s a place of happiness and sunshine and light. It’s my security blanket, the place that I can go to and be me. Over the years I have never felt judged, the doctors and nurses will do whatever they can to support me, and my extended family. It’s where I learned to rebuild my life and it has given me the care and support I’ve needed to continue to work and look forward.”
Dr Andrea Graham, St Luke’s Medical Director, added: “I have known Jackie for many years from outpatient clinics and she is truly inspirational. She has worked tirelessly this year to support the Hospice as part of her 60th birthday celebrations, even when she was not feeling well at times. We are so very grateful to her for the incredible amount she has raised which will enable us to care for other families in the future.”