The Mill is a social enterprise owned and managed by St Catherine’s Hospice.

This means that all profits raised through the café and outside catering are given back to the charity and used to support its specialised care for local people facing life-shortening conditions.

The Mill opened in November 2014 and since then has achieved many varied objectives for the hospice charity and the Central Lancashire community.

These include:

  • Opening up St Catherine’s and its grounds to the public – breaking down barriers which can surround the word ‘hospice’ by making the place more accessible and familiar.
  • Creating a normal and welcoming environment to be enjoyed by patients, families, and members of the public.
  • Offering support for those facing serious illness or bereavement in a more informal way, via volunteer advisors, drop-in sessions and light-touch therapies.
  • Strengthening the sustainability of the hospice through profits from the café, long-term leases and room hire.
  • Encouraging new and ongoing support for St Catherine’s from customers who go on to become donors, fundraisers and volunteers for the charity.
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St Catherine’s Hospice

St Catherine’s is an independent local charity which is here to help local people affected by life-shortening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure to have quality of life to the end of life.

Working from the hospice in Lostock Hall and in the communities across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, the charity delivers personalised care to help patients live in comfort and with dignity, independence and choice, whilst also supporting their loved ones.

To find out more about St Catherine’s Hospice, click the button below.

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The Mill Shop

Next door to our cafe is The Mill Shop, which sells a range of great-quality pre-loved goods and handmade crafts, including fashion and accessories, homeware, books, gifts, greeting cards and more.

Make sure to call in next time you’re visiting St Catherine’s Park. It’s open every day from 10am until 4pm.

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The Woodside Clinic

The Woodside Clinic is based in the grounds of St Catherine’s Park and treats patients living with lymphoedema – a condition which occurs when the body struggles to drain waste fluid from the body.

The state-of-the-art clinic treats patients with both cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema, and those with and without a palliative diagnosis. It also provides a paediatric service for children with the condition in Central Lancashire and beyond.

To find out more about the clinic click the button below.

Feet Matters

Feet Matters is a Podiatry/Chiropody clinic owned and run by Suzanne Hewetson, a HCPC registered Podiatrist with more than 10 years experience in all aspects of foot health.

Treatments offered include:

  • Addressing all aspects of toe nail problems
  • Hard skin and corn removal
  • Verrucae treatments
  • Biomechanical assessment and orthotic provision

At your first appointment, you will receive an assessment of your foot health, and a thorough treatment, including a relaxing foot massage.

A treatment plan will be discussed to address your individual needs, including practical self-care advice, so that you can keep your feet in tip-top condition.


  • Initial appointment: £30
  • Follow-up full Podiatry/Chiropody appointment: £30
  • Simple nail cutting: £20
  • Diabetic annual foot assessment and treatment, including a written report: £40.
  • Orthotics: From £20
  • Wilde Pedique toenail reconstruction: From £10
  • Nail surgery: From £200

Suzanne, who worked in the NHS for several years prior to launching Feet Matters, has a wealth of experience in helping to manage the impact of long-term conditions such as diabetes, impaired circulation and arthritis.

She is a HCPC registered Podiatrist and a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.


 Please call 01772 367 607 or 07517 382615 or email

For more information, please click the button below to visit the Feet Matters website.

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St Catherine's Park

The Mill is set within the beautiful surroundings of St Catherine’s Park.

In 2016 the park, created by joining up St Catherine’s grounds with the neighbouring council-owned land, was officially launched – building on the hospice’s wish to open the charity further to the local community.

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The park is made up of various different spaces and facilities, including:

The Sensory Garden

A Victorian-inspired area featuring plants, flowers and features designed to appeal to the five senses. Its centre-piece is the stunning vintage pergola – now a symbol of the park in the local area, which looks especially pretty at night when lit up.

A wetland and woodland walk

Perfect for gentle walks, the area is home to many birds and other wildlife, as well as wild plants and flowers.

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The Inglis bridge

A bridge over the Dandy Brook which has been re-cast from one of the world’s only surviving examples of the design used in the First World War.


Natural play area

The perfect place for the children to get some fresh air and let off some steam.


South Ribble First World War Memorial

A striking monument remembering the 600 South Ribble men who gave their lives in the Great War, set within a tranquil Peace Garden.