Sowerby Bridge Good Companions met at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge. Everyone was pleased to welcome Sheila back after a long illness. Birthday greetings were sung for Mavis. This week members brought different cruets – some old and others novelties – and all were interesting to see and to hear the stories behind them. The raffle prizes were won by Ada and Martin. Tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits were enjoyed. The meeting on Thursday, February 25 at the usual time of 1.30pm until 2.50pm, will be egg cups.
Mrs Denise Adlard gave members an insight into the life of Dame Cicely Saunders. She was an English Anglican nurse, a social worker, physician and writer. She studied at St Annes College and later trained as a doctor. She married one of her patients, a Polish-Jewish man who was dying of cancer. In the 1950’s she worked for several years at St Joseph’s Hospice. She then married another patient and after his death she set up her own hospice for cancer patients. In 1965 she was appointed Officer of the order of the British Empire. In 1967 the world’s first purpose-built hospice, St Christopher’s Hospice was established and Cicely Saunders worked as medical director. She became president in 2000. A year later she received the Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian prize on behalf of St Christophers. She died of cancer at the age of 87. Meetings are held at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Upper Bolton Brow Sowerby Bridge on Wednesdays at 10am.