Boston family dedicate daisies to Angela

11 March 2016

The family of Wigan Rugby legend, Billy Boston, have launched this year’s Dedicate A Daisy initiative for Wigan and Leigh Hospice in memory of Billy’s daughter, and much loved sister and mother, Angela Dainty, who passed away in February.

Boston family launch Dedicate a Daisy

The Hospice's Dedicate A Daisy initiative goes directly to support its Counting on Care Appeal, which aims to raise £60,000 to modernise the 14-bed Inpatient Unit and make it dementia-friendly.

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."

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.

"In return for a donation to the appeal, the name of a treasured friend or relative will be carved onto a wooden daisy and planted in the Hospice gardens until September or can be taken home straight away as a lasting tribute."

You can Dedicate A Daisy by downloading and filling in the form on one of our leaflets. They are also available from the Hospice, in Hospice shops and in supporting businesses across the Borough. Alternatively, you can also email the Hospice team on fundraising@wlh.org.uk, telephone 01942 525566.

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.
  • 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.

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