Daisy dedicated to a true friend

10 July 2015

A volunteer for Wigan and Leigh Hospice has dedicated a wooden daisy in remembrance of a former Hospice manager.

Daisy dedicated to true friendGill Rigbye, volunteer co-ordinator at the Hospice's shop in Shevington, has dedicated the flower as part of Dedicate a Daisy set up by the Hospice to raise funds and give people an opportunity to remember loved ones.

Gill dedicated a daisy and made a donation in memory of Janet Fletcher who was Retail Manager for 9 years. Janet died in June 2014 from ovarian cancer on the Hospice's Inpatient Unit.

Gill said: "I just loved everything about Janet - her patience, her enthusiasm and she was so easy to get on with, she was never fazed by anything. She would come into the shop about once a week and she became a great friend - we just seemed to click.

"I have a plant in my garden that Janet gave to me and it flowers like a daisy. I really wanted to plant it at the Hospice at first but I've kept it in my garden and it flowers at the time of year that Janet died. It's now been 12 months since she died which is why I thought I'd like to do something in her memory and because you can dedicate a daisy it fit perfectly. It's a nice bright flower too which reflects Janet and how friendly she was."

Janet managed the Hospice's 13 shops across the Borough which are run day-to-day by over 400 volunteers.

She came from a retail background and transformed the way the shops were run. She also introduced fundraising activities in the shops including Buy Me Now events which have been held in the Shevington and Tyldesley shops raising thousands of pounds. At a Buy Me Now event the volunteers model donated clothes and customers are able to buy them straight away.

Gill added: "Janet just transformed the shops in terms of the way they trade and their appearance. Even now if someone wants to move something like a set of shelves I'll say 'no' because Janet set it up like that and it works.

"She had time for everybody and was taken well before her time. I do try and spread her legacy and tell people about ovarian cancer by wearing a white ovarian cancer wristband. It's a silent cancer which you often only know about when it's too late."

All funds raised from Dedicate A Daisy will go benefit the Counting on Care appeal towards the costs of modernising the Inpatient Unit and making it dementia-friendly.

Daisies can be taken home or planted in the Hospice gardens until September when a ceremony will be held and those who have made a dedication will be invited to collect their daisy.

Dedicate A Daisy by filling in one of the leaflets available across the Borough, in the Hospice and in Hospice shops, download a form from www.wlh.org.uk or contact the fundraising team: 01942 525566 email: fundraising@wlh.org.uk

Find out more about Counting on Care and Dedicate A Daisy at www.wlh.org.uk.

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