Saint Catherine’s launches Sow the Seeds of Care appeal to help fund patient care

Saint Catherine’s has launched its new Sow the Seeds of Care appeal – which is encouraging the community to rally round and support patient care.

The appeal focuses on the planting of wildflowers, that come with the free appeal pack, as a symbol of the donations made in return growing the care that Saint Catherine’s provides.

Featuring in the appeal is Chris Gadsden, who has been a volunteer gardener at Saint Catherine’s for the last 11 years. Chris shares her story on volunteering and how donations from this appeal will help the hospice to provide care, free of charge, to patients and their loved ones.

Chris said: “We have a fantastic team who come in every week, rain or shine, to look after the lovely gardens that we are fortunate to have at the hospice. We all feel happy to be making a difference in this way and it’s wonderful when we get feedback from patients about how much they enjoy the gardens.”

The appeal has been mailed out to regular supporters – anyone who has not received a pack and would like to get involved can email, order online at or pick one up at any of the 12 Saint Catherine’s charity shops.

Tracy Calcraft, Fundraising and Marketing Director at Saint Catherine’s, said: “This Winter has been particularly challenging for everyone, personally and professionally, with the cost-of-living crisis affecting us all.

“However, as we move into Spring, we would be most grateful if you choose to support your local hospice with the Sow the Seeds of Care appeal. On behalf of everyone at Saint Catherine’s, thank you so much for your support – it is truly appreciated.”

To run all of Saint Catherine’s services it costs around £5 million a year. With only a third of the funding available from the NHS, the charity relies on the generosity of the community to ensure it can raise the remainder and continue to provide much-needed care.

How your support will help make a big difference:

By supporting the Sunflower Memories Appeal, you will be helping to ensure that patients and their loved ones can receive the most outstanding care – at the time when they need it the most.

For example:

  • £25 could pay for an in-patient’s meals and refreshments.
  • £100 could pay for a community nurse specialist visit.
  • £500 could pay for one In-Patient Unit bed for one day.

To make a donation, go to You can also donate over the phone by calling (01723) 378406 or send a cheque, payable to Saint Catherine’s Hospice Trust, to: Sow the Seeds of Care Appeal, Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE.