Staff from Specsavers Darlington are supporting St Teresa’s Hospice as their chosen charity for 2018 to show appreciation for the first-class care it provided for a late member of staff and her family.

Liz Austin was a much-loved member of Darlington team where she worked as a customer service assistant for over 13 years.

In March 2017 Liz was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent chemotherapy – and when her condition deteriorated she spent her last few days at the hospice before sadly losing her battle with cancer in July.

Le-Anne Potter, store supervisor at Specsavers Darlington, was a close friend to Liz and said this year’s chosen charity is close to the hearts of all staff at the store.

She said: ‘We can’t thank the amazing staff enough as they ensured Liz’s stay was comfortable and her last few hours were as peaceful as possible.

Remarkable work

‘St Teresa’s Hospice does a truly outstanding job of helping people in their time of need, and it depends on donations and volunteers to enhance the services it provides. This is why we have decided to raise as much money as we can this year to support the hospice – after their support of Liz and her family it is the least we can do.

‘She had a huge heart and was loved by all members of staff and customers. She was a fun, outgoing bubby person who was always there when you needed her and we all miss her very much.’

St Teresa’s Hospice provides palliative and end of life care and support to residents of South Durham and North Yorkshire, and their carers. There are many different services the hospice provide including a day hospice and specialist clinics, visiting patients and their careers in the comfort of their own homes. They have a rapid response team, in-patient care and also family support and bereavement counselling to name a few.

Fundraising fun

To kick start their fundraising for the hospice, Specsavers Darlington is holding a fundraising quiz night on Wednesday 11 April at 7pm in The Keys on Skinnergate, which will include lots of prizes, a tombola and a raffle. Tickets can be purchased in store and cost £3.

The store is also calling out to local businesses to donate prizes to support the night – anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the store directly on 01325 461 155.

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