Honour for our hospice founder

Katherine House Hospice founder Neil Gadsby MBE receives an ornamental scroll in recognition of his work from mayor Gordon Ross

Katherine House Hospice founder Neil Gadsby MBE receives an ornamental scroll in recognition of his work from mayor Gordon Ross

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Banbury Town Council has presented an ornamental scroll to Katharine House Hospice founder Neil Gadsby MBE in recognition of his work.

The hospice is a permanent memorial to his daughter Katharine who died of cancer in 1984, aged just 20.

After her death, Mr Gadbsy and a group of friends set out to build a hospice that would care for people with life-limiting illnesses. After a massive fundraising campaign, it opened in 1991.

Mr Gadsby, 80, is still very much involved with Katharine House and is hoping to raise £3,000 from the sale of his new book Voices – a collection of stories by local people about what the hospice means to them.

Mayor Gordon Ross, who made the presentation, said: “Katharine House is a remarkable place and this tribute is much deserved.

“It’s the council’s way of saying thank you on behalf of townspeople and all those whose lives have been touched by the hospice.”