Piano teacher urges all to cherish Lancaster St John’s Hospice

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A Heysham piano teacher is urging all to “cherish” Lancaster St John’s Hospice after holding a concert for the service for the past four years.

Yvette Price, who lives on The Spinney, has raised £12,000 for the Slyne Road hospice by holding Christmas concerts there for the community.

She said: “I had the idea to hold the concert when I went into the hospice a while ago and now it has become this, everyone has been so supportive. Everybody around here knows somebody who has been affected by the hospice. It is such a vital service, we need to cherish these things.”

Last year Yvette dedicated the concert to Mel Eglin, who passed away last September after contracting lung cancer.

Mel was looked after by the hospice at home team and Yvette was inspired by the piano player and even bought her grand piano as a lasting legacy.

She said: “She was the sweetest little thing, she was in her 80’s and she played the piano for years. She inspired a lot of people, age doesn’t mean you have to stop doing something.

“One year a 94 year old lady approached me and she wanted to learn how to play the piano which I thought was remarkable, just the spirit of her!”

Yvette has also taken part in the hospice’s Moonlight Walk in memory of her cousin Caroline who died from cancer.

Now Yvette hopes to carry on the Christmas concerts each year due to the support and enthusiasm from all attendees.

More than 40 performers attended last year’s concert and Derek Timmins-Jones was the toastmaster for the event.

Yvette said: “In the first year one little girl raised £450 on her own which was amazing and heartwarming to see.

“It does take a long time to arrange but I don’t do anything by halves.”