Pat Murphy, director of fundraising at St Joseph's Hospice (Jospice), has announced her retirement after 40 years of loyal service. She first became involved with the hospice in 1970 as a sixth-form student when its founder, Father Francis O'Leary, was raising funds to ship a flat-packed hospital to Negritos in Peru.
Later becoming fundraising manager and, more recently, director of fundraising, Pat has worked tirelessly within the wider community to generate support and income for the hospice in order to keep its services running. Pat will officially retire at the end of June and over the next few months will be working with the hospice's chair of trustees to record and archive its long and impressive history.
Mike Parr, chief executive of Jospice, said: "Pat has been here for so many years and has made so many connections with the local community. The hospice simply wouldn't have been able to continue running without Pat's hard work and devotion. We all wish her a long and happy retirement."
Pat added: "Fundraising for Jospice has been a way of life for me since schooldays, but sometimes you have to pull back a little. I am proud of what I have achieved over the years, and the hospice and especially the overseas work will always be very close to my heart. Working with Father O'Leary left a wonderful legacy in the work of Jospice and that works continues daily."