Families donate over £7k for daisy tribute

07 September 2015

People from across the borough have dedicated over 300 daisies and donated over £7,000 by leaving a touching tribute to their loved ones in support of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Wiganers donate over £7k from daisy tributeIn return for a donation to the Hospice's Counting on Care Appeal, the name of a treasured friend or relative was handwritten onto a wooden daisy and planted in the Hospice gardens following the launch of Dedicate A Daisy in May.

The Hospice is currently raising £60,000 for the Counting on Care appeal to support the cost of modernising the 14-bed Inpatient Unit and making it more dementia-friendly. All proceeds from Dedicate A Daisy will go towards the appeal.

All those who dedicated a daisy over the summer were invited to the Hospice on Sunday 6th September for afternoon tea and a short remembrance service when they collected their daisies and took them home as a lasting tribute.

Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: "Dedicate A Daisy has been 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 has given families that opportunity.

"The daisies have been planted in our gardens in remembrance since May and now families have collected them and taken them home as a permanent tribute."

Roy Bradshaw, who lost his wife Irene at the Hospice in July, said "The staff in the Hospice deserve a gold medal. Nothing was too much trouble for them. My wife wanted to be in the Hospice when she died so we arranged for her to come over from Whiston Hospital to be closer to home and to her family. The Dedicate A Daisy service has really helped us as a family and the words of the chaplain meant a lot to us."

Elaine Breheny and Michael Hayes dedicated a daisy to their mother Audrey Hayes who died in March aged 81. Audrey was cared for by the Hospice in Your Home team for three months before she died.

"Dedicate a Daisy has helped us to remember the fantastic care given by the nurses who looked after our mum" said Michael.

The Rowan family came to the Dedicate A Daisy Service to remember Terry Rowan, who died at the Hospice on New Year's Day this year.

Terry's son, Philip Rowan, said: "We really want to help the Hospice in any way we can. Dedicate A Daisy has given us something tangible to take away to remember my dad. The staff at the Hospice were wonderful and took such great care of my dad."

The Hospice's Counting on Care Appeal will redesign the Inpatient Unit with improvements to the 14 bedrooms and to the corridor and bays leading to the bedrooms.

New signage, flooring and lighting will help people with dementia to better navigate the Inpatient Unit and feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

Artwork will be based on local scenes to help with reminiscence while new décor, including bedding, carpets, curtains and furniture will be introduced to all bedrooms so that patients with dementia feel less disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings.

Other improvements, such as handrails along the corridors and contrasting colours to help distinguish each bedroom bay, will also be built in.

Other ways to support Counting on Care

  • 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.
  • Visit the Campaign page at www.justgiving.com/wlh/
  • Call the fundraising team to make a donation over the phone or send a cheque to the Hospice. Please make clear that your donation is for the Counting on Care appeal.

Pictured (l-r): Roy Bradshaw, Steven Williams, Caroline Smith, Kelda Williams and Amy Thompson remember wife and mother Irene Bradshaw who died at the Hospice in July.

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