Charity tribute after key supporter’s death

Chief executive Kevin Winkley
Chief executive Kevin Winkley
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A CHARITABLE Blackpool hotelier was honoured with a minute’s silence at the local blind society’s annual general meeting following her death last week.

Pat Mancini, owner of the Queens Hotel on South Promenade and chairman of the Queendeans charity which supports worthy causes in the resort, lost her battle with cancer on Thursday.

Since the sad news was announced, tributes have poured in from around the Fylde coast from people wishing to say how much she would be missed.

And her death was greeted with a one minute silence at the blind society meeting just a few hours later.

The chairman of N-Vision, Gary Bell gave out the news to staff, volunteers and trustees when the meeting began and delayed proceedings as a mark of respect.

Chief executive Kevin Winkley said: “Pat worked hard to raise funds for us, often coming out in the evening and standing alongside us with a collecting bucket after a show at the end of the pier as well as helping organise big fundraising events.

“Her personality shone bright wherever she was.

“We were privileged to have known and worked with her. She devoted a considerable amount of her time to raising funds for the blind society and in recognition of that she was appointed as executive president of the society, the only person to have held that title.

“She will be sadly missed by us all.”