Hitaltech Accounts Manager Tracy Rimmer was all set to take part in her local hospice’s biggest fundraiser when the pandemic locked us all down. But it didn’t stop Tracy (and her daughter) from raising much needed funds.

St Catherine’s Hospice holds a place in the heart of many people in Lancashire. Its team cares for patients and families across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble who are affected by life-shortening conditions like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure. St Catherine’s is a charity and, like many charities, the arrival of coronavirus has seen donations dry up.

Dance party     

Tracy had been due to take part in the hospice’s biggest fundraiser, the Moonlight & Memories Walk, but it had been put on hold. Yet Tracy still wanted to help. So, with more than a little support from daughter Melissa, Tracy cordoned off a corner of her local Spar store’s car park, and together, Tracy and Melissa spent a day in a non-stop party marathon, singing and dancing along to the Hokey Cokey, The Wheels On the Bus and lots more earworms. By the end of the day, mum and daughter had raised an incredible £1,000. “We had so much fun,” said Tracy. “We had a brilliant day. The customers were fantastic (and so generous it brought tears to my eyes) and Melissa and I created some really lovely memories together.”

Doubling up

It’s a great story, but Tracy was a little reluctant for this article to appear in the newsletter with her image attached. “I’m not shy,” she protests, “I just like to stay in the background.” So Hitaltech offered a little extra encouragement: if Tracy agreed to her picture appearing in this article, the company would double their donation to her fundraising efforts. Which is why £1,200 is now on its way to St Catherine’s. “It’s just a wonderful effort isn’t it?” said Hitaltech MD Andy Fitzer. “We’re really proud of what Tracy and Melissa did, and we were only too happy to support her.”