A shop assistant from Chorley is using her spare time to volunteer at the hospice which helped her late mother.

It’s Hannah Paffard’s way of thanking St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston for the care they showed her mum, Ann, who died from cancer.

Hannah, 19, who works for Bodycare in Market Walk, Chorley, also hopes it will help towards her goal of becoming a paramedic.

Her mum used the hospice for day care during her three-year battle with breast cancer.

Hannah, said: “She had breast cancer and received treatment and then went back into hospital for treatment and it was not successful and then more treatment which was not successful and the last time she returned they found it had spread into her brain,” said Hannah.

Ann died at home in May 2012 with Hannah and husband Greg at her side, she was only 52.

Hannah of Ashfield Road in Chorley was still a pupil at Albany High when her mum became ill and at first it did not ‘sink in’ just how serious it was.

It was when Hannah had moved up into Runshaw College to tackle her A-levels that she felt the impact of her mum’s illness.

“I was doing my exams and struggling to concentrate,” she said. Even with her personal life in turmoil, Hannah managed to secure an A and two C grades in A-levels.

After college Hannah worked for a little while in the Camelot theme park and then moved to Bodycare at Market Walk.

Shop manager Mags Lilley is fully behind Hannah in supporting her voluntary work at St Catherine’s.

“I think it’s marvellous. She does the voluntary work on a Thursday which is the day she does not work so it’s not a problem,” said Mags, whose shop employs 15 full and part-time staff.

Hannah started at the hospice in September. “I go in the afternoons and help with the lunches, sometimes feeding patients who cannot feed themselves.

“I was really nervous when I started but now I enjoy it, the nurses are really nice and tell me what to do. I try and remain positive and have a bit of a laugh and I would like to spend more time there.”

For more information about St Catherine’s Hospice go to www.st catherines.co.uk