Dedicate a Daisy

This spring and summer you can mark the life of a loved one and support the Hospice’s Counting on Care fundraising appeal if you Dedicate a Daisy.

Boston family launch Dedicate a Daisy

In return for a donation, the name of your loved one will be handwritten onto a beautiful wooden daisy which can be planted in the Hospice gardens or taken home.

If you choose to plant your daisy in the Hospice gardens it will remain there until September when you can collect your daisy and take it home to keep.

We will hold a Dedicate A Daisy ceremony in September when you are welcome to join us.

Counting on Care Appeal

The Hospice is currently raising £50,000 for our Counting on Care appeal to support the cost of modernising our 14-bed Inpatient Unit and making it dementia-friendly. All proceeds from Dedicate a Daisy will go towards the appeal.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: "Dedicate a Daisy is a simple and meaningful way to support our Counting on Care appeal. A lot of people tell us that they would like some sort of memorial to their loved one at the Hospice so dedicating one of our beautiful wooden daisies will give families that opportunity.

"The daisies will be planted together in our gardens in remembrance until September when everyone who has dedicated a daisy will be able to take it home with them to keep."

The redesign of the Inpatient Unit focuses on making improvements to the 14 bedrooms and to the corridor and bays leading to the bedrooms. Not only will the transformation create a more modern Inpatient Unit but it will be easier to navigate and help to ensure that people with dementia feel more comfortable and safe in the Hospice.

Why we are dedicating a daisy

The family of Wigan Rugby legend, Billy Boston, (pictured above) are supporters of our Dedicate A Daisy initiative. They dedicated a daisy in memory of Billy's daughter, and much loved sister and mother, Angela Dainty, who passed away in February 2016.

Angela's siblings, Lisa, Christine, Karen and Stephen; her children, Zoe, Ross and Sean; and parents, Billy and Joan, felt that Dedicate A Daisy was a wonderful way to pay tribute to Angela, who loved white flowers.

Angela was cared for on the Inpatient Unit for a week before she died, a week which her family feel was a very close and special time for them.

Lisa Parr, Angela's sister, said: "At first we really struggled to get Angela to agree to go in to the Hospice as she wanted to die at home. However, once she was there she felt so comfortable and happy that she wanted to stay. The nurses were able to ease her pain straight away so that we could all enjoy some very special time together as a family without having to see Angela suffering.

"Many people associate hospices with older people but it's really not true. Wigan and Leigh Hospice is such a loving place where we had the freedom to be with her and support her. We really had some laughs too, especially when we wheeled her bed out in to the gardens so she could be outside. The hospice will do anything they can for you."

Angela's mum and dad, Billy and Joan Boston, felt that dedicating a daisy to Angela was a lovely and very fitting tribute. They said: "She was so happy at the hospice and it was a very special place for all of us to be together during her last week so we felt that to Dedicate A Daisy at the Hospice would be a lovely idea."

If you would like to tell us why you have decided to Dedicate a Daisy, please contact:

How to support the Counting on Care appeal

• Dedicate a Daisy by filling in the form which you can download on the right-hand side of this page. Forms are also available in the Hospice, in our shops and throughout the Borough. You may also call 01942 525566 or email: if you would like to Dedicate a Daisy.
• Text a donation. Text HSPC02 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070. So, to donate £5 text HSPC02 £5.
• Hold a fundraising event. No matter how big or small these really do make a huge difference. Please see our website or contact the fundraising team for fundraising ideas and support.
• Call the fundraising team to make a donation over the phone or send a cheque to the Hospice. Please make it clear that your donation is for the Counting on Care appeal.

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