HoneyRose sets sights on new home to mark 10th anniversary

St Helens Star: Lynn Duffy outside the building that will become home to HoneyRose Lynn Duffy outside the building that will become home to HoneyRose

A CHARITY that arranges for terminally ill people to realise their dreams is in need of a helping hand.

The HoneyRose charity is celebrating its 10th anniversary of fundraising and is to due to move out Hall Street and Barrow Street, St Helens.

It is about to set up a ground floor shop and cafe and first floor office and storeroom under one roof at Radiant House, the former gas showroom and more recently Millet’s store at the corner of Ormskirk Street and Cotham Street.

The only problem is that before that can happen the roof of the building needs repair.

“It would be wonderful if someone would be willing to help us with the repairs,” said HoneyRose founder Lynn Duffy, who in 2012 was voted Pride of St Helens Champion Fundraiser.

Since 2004 HoneyRose and its band of dedicated volunteers have helped over 3,500 people – terminally ill adults and their families and friends – and raised more than £1 million to enable them to do so.

Lynn, who founded the charity after a friend died of cancer, highlighted how HoneyRose needed regular income in order to fulfil its aims.

“A couple of months ago I was asked to arrange for someone’s mum to meet Cliff Richard,” said Lynn.

“Normally we don’t have much luck with celebrities but I eventually got through to someone at Manchester Arena where Cliff was appearing and the following night she met Cliff. I had got a real bee in my bonnet and was determined it would happen. I don’t give up!”

Currently Lynn and her team are working on arranging a wedding for a terminally ill groom to marry his childhood sweetheart. They are also hoping to fulfil another request for someone who wants to sing with El Divo and another to meet the cast of TV soap Emmerdale.

“We’re non-profit making and we get more applications for help than money coming in. We could do with a Lottery win! We are grateful to Glassbond in St Helens who have donated £2,000 to HoneyRose.

“We need to boost our profile locally because I’d guess that at least 85 per cent of people in St Helens don’t know about us and the work we do in the region.”

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