Pendleside Hospice pioneer Dorothy dies

Dorothy Chadwick
Dorothy Chadwick

A DRIVING force behind the founding of Pendleside Hospice has died aged 80.

Dorothy Chadwick, and her late husband, Frank, worked tirelessly for the creation of the hospice, and were loyal supporters.

Mr Chadwick, who died nine years ago, was a trustee. After his death, Mrs Chadwick continued to work for the charity until recently when she became too ill.

She was a skilled needlewoman and was making a quilt to raise cash for the hospice.

Born in Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, she attended Nelson Grammar School, and as a young woman worked in textiles, in Manchester.

On returning to the area, Mrs Chadwick taught soft furnishing and cookery at Nelson and Colne College, the Temple Street day centre, in Burnley, and at the Marsden Centre, Nelson, teaching crafts.

She and her husband were married in 1953 and lived in Edge End Avenue, Brierfield. She was very close to her family, daughters Susan and Kathryn and their husbands, Jim and Alan, and to her grandchildren and great-grandson.

Mrs Chadwick was diagnosed with cancer more than five years ago. She underwent a series of treatments, but never lost her enthusiasm or sense of humour.

She had to be admitted to Blackburn Royal Hospital after a fall, and spent her final days in Pendle Community Hospital.

Her funeral on Saturday at St Luke’s Church was conducted by the Rev. Ed Saville. Mrs Chadwick’s family is asking for donations to Pendleside Hospice.