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All day today, for twenty four whole hours, our full clinical running costs have been donated in loving memory of John Holmes with a ‘Pay for a Day’ donation.

John’s family kindly shared these words with us: “We are so grateful to Steve Meikle and the Forth to St Cuth’s team, who raised over £27,000 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, choosing to honour our Dad John Holmes on the 10th Anniversary of his passing today by paying for a day of care in his name.

John was born in 1925 at Witton Hall Farm, Witton Gilbert and farmed there till his late seventies. Retirement only came about through ill health and the Hospice was a sanctuary offering respite and day care in his last few years.

John met and married Jorunn, a student nurse from Norway, studying at Newcastle’s RVI, in May 1959. They had four children, two of whom took over the running of the farm.

Dad was a very proud man and always wanted the best for his family. We had lots of great holidays including driving the Volvo estate to Spain, putting the car on the ferry to Norway, camping, fishing and shooting – never on his farm though as he loved seeing the wildlife around him!

Dad supported us all and enjoyed special time with his many grandchildren (he loved Shrek). He always had a cheeky smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, was selfless, loved mum’s cooking, harvest time and always whistled to work, enjoying life to the full.

St Cuthbert’s is such a haven for those in need, supporting families like ours with their unbelievable care. These 10 years have passed so quickly, enjoy every day, whistle a little and smile a lot, just like John did!”

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