Pendleside Hospice boost in memory of teacher Mick Ennis

Christina Cope from the hospice receives a cheque from Ged Ennis and Ronnie Cheetham

Christina Cope from the hospice receives a cheque from Ged Ennis and Ronnie Cheetham

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Pendleside Hospice has received a generous donation in memory of a popular Burnley teacher who died in 2014.

The hospice received £3,000 from Lyndon Scaffolding, courtesy of employee Ronnie Cheetham, a friend of teacher Mick Ennis’s brother Ged.

Keen sportsman Mick (61) had been a respected PE teacher at St Theodore’s and Blessed Trinity RC Schools, where he brought through the likes of England cricket ace James Anderson, Manchester United Class of 92 star Chris Casper and Burnley midfielder John Mullin, alongside his brother Paul, as well as Reading striker Ollie Norwood.

Mick Ennis died at the hospice in December, 2014.

Ronnie said: “Every year Rob Lynch, chief executive of Lyndon Scaffolding, asks senior management for their charity nominations.

“Every year I suggest Pendleside Hospice. I have been fortunate enough to secure a donation of £3,000 in 2015 and £1,000 in 2014 and 2013.”

Ronnie has himself taken part in several fund-raising ventures in recent years including an epic cycle ride last year from Edinburgh to Burnley when he and his friends raised £7,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Ronnie visited the hospice to hand over the donation from his employer, with Ged.

The money donated will help the hospice provide care to people diagnosed with life limiting illnesses.

The current annual running cost of the hospice exceeds £3.8m., of which over £2.8m. has to be raised from events and donations.