MBE awarded to Neston-based fundraiser Wendie Darlington
|Published: 1st January 2011 12:40|
Burton resident Wendie Darlington, director of fundraising at Claire House Hospice, has been given an MBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Ms Darlington, who has been involved with Claire House since it was founded, said: "I'm thrilled that they've recognised the hard work volunteers do. I never expected to be named."
The mother-of-three grown-up children helped raise the money for Claire House to open 11 years ago, and has been raising funds ever since to keep it going, through various activities, from bag packs to sponsored events.
But she said she could not have given her time without the support of her family.
She said: "It's been a family thing. They allowed me to go out. During a lot of nights of fundraising, they had their teas late or went without. If they hadn't shared my passion, it wouldn't've worked. My three daughters even collected on street corners. It really is a family thing."
She decided to get involved after being touched by the story of Claire Cain, the little girl who the hospice is named after, who died of cancer just before her 10th birthday.
Following her death, parents Bob and Chris vowed to build a centre in Wirral which would offer support and comfort to other families with terminally-ill children. They were joined in their fundraising mission by Mrs Darlington and other families.