A cheque for more than £8,000 was due to be delivered to Katharine House Hospice yesterday (Wednesday) on behalf of a tireless fundraiser who died last autumn.
Peter Whittle, who with his wife Margaret spent hundreds of hours a year making toys, preserves and gifts for their famous Cottage Crafts sales, died in October just five days after last year’s event.
Mrs Whittle delivered their final Cottage Crafts proceeds cheque, which, with nearly £850 of donations to a collection at Mr Whittle’s funeral and the proceeds of sales in a gift shop, totalled in excess of £8,000.
“The collection at Peter’s celebration funeral realised £841 and our last Cottage Crafts sale at Tadmarton Village Hall raised £3,900 in under three hours,” said Mrs Whittle. “Our daughter Ursula sold 2,000 lavender sachets at the gift shop at her business, which raised another £3,000.”
Mrs Whittle said she will continue to make lavender sachets, playballs and some patchwork.
“I love making these things but I won’t be doing this on the same scale as before,” she said.
Sarah Brennan, community fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice, said: “Peter and Margaret devoted so much time and energy over many years to fundraising for Katharine House Hospice and their incredible support and dedication has made so much difference to our work with local patients and their families.
“It’s thanks to their support that we are able to continue providing specialist palliative care to a growing number of patients, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks from everyone at Katharine House Hospice.”