Centenarian Joan fundraises for our hospice  

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Staff at our hospice were thrilled to meet a very special supporter who raised over £500 for us as part of her 100th birthday celebrations. 

Joan Izzard, from Worth, Crawley was treated to tea, cake and birthday cards from some of our nursing team at our Pease Pottage hospice as a thank you for her wonderful support.  

Staff heard how Joan and her family asked for cash donations to our hospice, who looked after her husband 27 years ago, instead of gifts at two birthday celebrations.  

Joan’s son-in-law John explained, “We picked Joan up in a 14 seater limousine and took her to Alexander House Hotel for a family dinner in the Churchill Room on her actual birthday. Our celebrations continued when 60 people joined us for a birthday meal for Joan at Shiraz, a Turkish restaurant in Horley, that weekend. When Joan arrived, the Wimbledon Palais Ukulele Band, who played for free and asked for donations to St Catherine’s started playing Happy Birthday. She had no idea about any of it!” 

“I was gobsmacked,” said Joan, “I couldn’t believe how many people were there.” 

Katie Costello was one of our team who met Joan.

She said, “It was such a privilege to meet Joan, who is still so full of vibrancy and life at 100 years old. Her generosity will help us provide care to people, not only at the hospice but in the comfort of their own homes too. Generous donations like Joan’s allow us to help people however they need.” 

Frankie Goodall, Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said, “We’re incredibly grateful to anyone who supports our hospice but it’s not often we’re part of 100th birthday celebrations! We’re thrilled Joan had a birthday to remember. We’d like to thank her for supporting St Catherine’s and hope her centenarian year is a really special one.”  

Over tea and cake, Joan showed our staff the special card she received from King Charles and Queen Camilla to congratulate her on her milestone birthday. She chuckled, “King Charles could have taken his coat off and his hand out of his pocket!”. She also shared stories of interesting life experiences, including her recent appearance on Blankety Blank and her time working in an aircraft factory and making men’s trousers during the war.  

Joan with her card from King Charles.

Joan credits her long life to “a couple of glasses of Rose and sometimes a Baileys” at weekly family dinners and “good health and laughing a lot.” 

Are you feeling inspired to fundraise like fabulous Joan? To find out how you can support St Catherine’s visit: www.stch.org.uk/fundraising/ or call the hospice’s friendly Fundraising Team on 01293 447361.