Aylesbury dad who inspired hospice penny campaign sadly dies – but collection will continue in his memory

Lucy Collins and dad Nik
Lucy Collins and dad Nik

A big-hearted schoolgirl has vowed to carry on with her fundraising efforts in her dad’s memory, after he died from cancer.

Herald readers took Lucy Collins to their hearts after she began collecting one penny pieces last year in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice.

The hospice had been caring for her father Nik after his diagnosis last year, and although Nik passed away on Sunday young Lucy has pledged to keep oncollecting.

Mum Emma said: “I’m so proud of all my girls, and Lucy is going to keep on with her campaign.

“Our youngest, Nicole, has been really good too. And our eldest daughter, Zoe, is now planning on doing the Midnight Walk because she’s been so impressed by Florence Nightingale and all that they do.”

Lucy first hit the headlines in November and has collected hundreds of pounds in pennies with her fundraising.

Speaking last year, Lucy told the Herald: “I went to the hospice with my dad and the staff told me that they were raising money so I wanted to help.

“It’s been good fun, I’ve enjoyed putting the coins into the bottle and asking people for their pennies.

“I’ve been selling pencils for a pound and rubber ducks for £1.50.

“My school and my friends have all been really generous and helpful.”