The outgoing president of the Preston Catenians 144 branch, Mark Woodacre, paid tribute to his late mum in handing over a donation of £2,227.20 to Baby Beat, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s mums and babies charity.
Mrs Edith Woodacre, who passed away in 2016, had been a longtime Baby Beat supporter so following Mark’s election in April 2022, he chose to support the charity during his year in office.
Over that time, dad-of-five Mark, who with wife Claire will shortly welcome a sixth baby, and branch members organised raffles, a barbecue and to celebrate his presidency, an end of term dinner dance, which was held at Barton Manor last month (April) and raised £517 of the total gifted to Baby Beat’s Sue Swire.
The Catenian Association is a brotherhood of Roman Catholic men, who meet socially and fundraise to support local good causes. Baby Beat is part of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity family. It funds specialist equipment, patient services and comforts, clinical care, local research and training so that the maternity and gynaecology teams can offer the best possible outcomes for babies and mums in the Central Lancashire and Chorley area. With Baby Beat’s support, NICU continues to provide exceptional care for premature and sick babies and their families from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.