Cransley Hospice’s fundraising manager is to retire today (Friday) after 17 years in the role.
Diana Patrick MBE will step down after a career which has seen the hospice’s yearly fundraising target increase 10-fold.
Mrs Patrick, 58, says she is incredibly proud of what she has achieved – but says she couldn’t have done it without her team.
She said: “When I was appointed the target was £120,000 a year and it’s now £1.3m.
“The care at the hospice is still outstanding and I’m very proud of the service we provide.
“I would like to thank the local community for their support and everyone who has volunteered and donated.
“Without their support we cannot raise the money and I mean that from the heart.
“I have been priveleged and proud to have been involved at the hospice for so long.”
Mrs Patrick says being made an MBE in 2014 was one of her proudest moments but has loved all of the events she has helped put on.
She added: “Being made an MBE was great but we’ve held lots of outstanding events, whether that be small coffee mornings or great big events.
“I was also really proud of the opening of our two shops.
“I think in the 17 years I’ve been doing this we’ve only had to cancel two events because of the rain, so someone up there has been kind to us.
“I’ve had an incredible time but I’m really going to miss everyone.
“I’m keeping my options open but for now I think we’re going to go to a few places the UK in a little teardrop caravan we’ve bought.”