AN ONLINE fundraiser has been set up in memory of a ‘beautiful, gracious and caring’ mum and nana who has passed away following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Ena Winchester, from Lydiate, passed away on April 24, aged 81, leaving behind her daughters Karen and Katy and grandchildren Abigail, Iain and Shaun, 21.
Ena and her late husband Nigel Winchester BEM were well-known in the local community for their tireless charity work and the couple provided taxi services to transport disabled children on trips out and held regular fundraising events.
In June 2016, the Champion revealed that a specially designed stained glass window had been officially dedicated to the memory of past chairmen of the Maghull Station Volunteers, the late Nigel Winchester BEM and Alan Pritchard. The unique window was designed and created by the Maghull and Lydiate U3A Glass Group and Ena was one of the VIP guests at its unveiling.
Her family have set up a Just Giving page and hope to raise £1,850 for Alder Hey in Ena’s memory. Alder Hey is a charity very close to the family’s hearts at the triplets were born almost three months premature and one, Shaun, was ‘saved by the work of Alder Hey.’
Shaun fought three major battles for survival, his mum Katy had an emergency operation and he was born just over 1lb in weight. He also had an operation at in Alder Hey at 4lb in weight and stopped breathing afterwards, so he is a miracle and a tribute to Alder Hey.
Katy Winchester told the Champion: “My mother loved children and charity work so she would love this tribute.
“She was a beautiful, gracious, caring, loving lady she has been described by many as a bright glowing light even through her illness. Her carers have sent beautiful messages on how my mother had such a positive impact on their lives and outlook.
“My mother was truly inspirational. Goodbye to a beautiful, gracious lady.
“My parents met at the age of 18 and had a perfect marriage made in heaven. My father, Nigel, passed away in 2014, shortly after being awarded the BEM for his work with the Station volunteers and his work raising funds for St Andrews Chapel to repair the roof.
“Both of my parents were very active fundraising for disadvantaged and disabled children. My sister Karen Winchester was disabled with cerebral palsey and my parents provided for disabled children and my mother would be so happy to raise funds for Alder Hey.
“Sadly we have lost mum’s address book so I am unable to contact friends in the community to notify of Ena's funeral – so I am sharing the link below.”
The funeral will be held at noon on May 15 at West Lancashire crematorium. To attend the funeral online, go to https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view and log in using the log-in code 27191 and password nktjmrvr.
To donate to the family’s Just Giving appeal for Alder Hey, go to https://is.gd/cSTGSp