Library staff raise money to remember former colleague

From left to right: pictured in the Boston Spa Reading Room, British Library colleagues Jo Maguire, Tamsyn Chadwick, John Hutchinson and Paula Perree present their fundraising cheque to Nicki Brooksbank of St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds.
From left to right: pictured in the Boston Spa Reading Room, British Library colleagues Jo Maguire, Tamsyn Chadwick, John Hutchinson and Paula Perree present their fundraising cheque to Nicki Brooksbank of St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds.
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British Library staff handed over £2,136 to Leeds-based St Gemma’s Hospice in memory of former colleague, Heather Marshall.

A raffle, offering 100 plus prizes, ticket sales from the Library’s staff pantomime plus donations from generous Sports and Social Club members, contributed to the impressive amount raised.

Jo Maguire, former Library workmate, said: “Heather was a much-loved friend and colleague and the amount raised was testament to how people felt about her as well as the great work done by St Gemma’s, where Heather received wonderful care while she battled cancer.”

Heather, who lived in Wetherby, had worked at the Library for 30 years before her death in July 2011, age 50.

“We’re very touched to have the support of staff of the British Library,” said St Gemma’s community fundraiser Nicki Brooksbank.

“This donation will help make a positive difference to families in and around the Leeds area in providing specialist medical and nursing care for people with life threatening illnesses.”

The British Library’s Boston Spa site celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.

Today, the Library at Boston Spa employs around 800 people and is one of the largest employers in the area.

Further information about the Boston Spa site, including its Reading Room, is on the British Library’s website at http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/inrrooms/bspa/bostonspa.html