Kettering hospice fundraiser’s hard work recognised with MBE

Di Patrick, pictured at the Cransley Hospice Santa Saunter last December
Di Patrick, pictured at the Cransley Hospice Santa Saunter last December

A hard-working fundraiser who has helped boost the profile of Kettering’s Cransley Hospice has seen her hard work recognised with an MBE.

Di Patrick, 56, joined the hospice 13 years ago after spotting an advert asking for a part-time fundraiser.

At the time, Mrs Patrick was helping raise funds for Cranford School and she realised that her skills there could be put to good use at the hospice.

Since then, Mrs Patrick has seen the hospice’s annual fundraising targets increase from £120,000-a-year to more than £800,000.

Mrs Patrick said: “The hospice has grown a lot in the time I have been here, and so have the pressures on it.

“That pressure is on both the fundraising side and the hospice itself and we want to continue to deliver the care that the hospice has become renowned for.”

In addition to leading the fundraising team, Mrs Patrick has recruited a team of committed volunteers and the Cransley Hospice shop now generates triple its predicted turnover.

Mrs Patrick said she received the news about the MBE award several weeks ago.

She added: “It was an absolute thrill opening the letter.

“I will be receiving an invitation to St James’ Palace, where I will receive the MBE, later in the year.”

Outside of her work with the hospice, Mrs Patrick works as an acute care nurse at Kettering Hospital one day a week.

In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, walking and socialising with friends.

Mrs Patrick, who lives just a few minutes away from the London Road Cransley Hospice, is married to husband John, who she says has also been a big supporter of the hospice. The couple have two sons, Ross, 27, and Scott, 24.