The memory of one of Louth and District Hospice’s biggest supporters, John Alfred Durkin, has been honoured by his family continuing to raise funds for this local cause.
John, who died last year, was invited onto the Louth and District Hospice committee in 2001.
He sat alongside Dr’s Staunton, Ferguson and Cook, as well as Doreen Stephenson, and immediately set about fundraising for this fledgling charity, by organising art exhibitions and selling his prints and art work through local outlets.
He was very proud to be associated with such a worthwhile local charity and, since his passing in January 2015, his family came up with the idea of selling his remaining prints and donating the proceeds.
John’s artwork was made available on eBay and through a Facebook group, set up by his step-daughter Laura Allen, who also acknowledges Helen Grant’s H & J Arts & Crafts of Mercer Row, as well as John Faraday at Louth Post Office, where other sales were achieved.
The total raised was over £3000, and this figure was divided between Louth and District Hospice and The Macmillan fund.
Doreen Stephenson recalled many occasions when John worked tremendously hard for Louth and District Hospice, not just as a fundraiser but as a conscientious individual, contributing ideas to the plans for the future provision of palliative care in Louth and surrounding towns and villages.
Doreen said: “The family’s decision to donate £1572.15 to our funds, from the sale of John’s wonderful art, just reminds us all of his commitment to local causes, and serves as recognition of his hard work over the years.
“We were very sad to hear of John’s passing, but we are very grateful to his family for honouring his memory with this donation.”
If you would like to find out more about the Louth and District Hospice, or wish to become a volunteer or help to raise funds, visit www.louth-hospice.co.uk or call 01507 354545.