Dedicate a Daisy

This spring and summer you can mark the life of a loved one by dedicating 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 our memorial garden or taken home.

If you choose to plant your daisy in the hospice gardens it will remain there until September when you will be invited to a special ceremony when you will be able to collect your daisy and take it home to keep.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: "Dedicate a Daisy is a simple and meaningful way to remember the life of a loved one.

"Families and friends have often told us that they would like some sort of memorial to their loved one at the hospice. Dedicating one of our beautiful wooden daisies gives people that opportunity and is also a way of supporting the hospice.

"Our daisies are planted together in a quiet and peaceful garden which you are welcome to visit at any time."

Why we are dedicating a daisy

The family of Wigan Rugby legend, Billy Boston, (pictured above) have supported 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: s.shale@wlh.org.uk

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