Family's donation to Hospice appeal

16 March 2017

A DONATION of over £1,000 has been made to Wigan and Leigh Hospice’s fundraising appeal in memory of a Wigan dad.

Family's donation to Hospice appeal

The family and friends of Harold Barber from Ince have donated £1,063 to the Counting on Care appeal which aims to raise £50,000 towards modernisation of the Inpatient Unit (IPU).

Harold's wife Carol is a Healthcare Assistant on the IPU and asked for a donation to the Hospice instead of flowers as a tribute to her husband who died in December 2016 aged 53 from a pulmonary embolism shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct.

She said: "Harold wasn't referred to the hospice because everything happened so quickly but I think he would have liked that people made donations because we took part in the Light for a Life event every year at the Hospice and he wasn't into flowers.
"I thought it would be the best way to remember him because it's for the refurbishment of the IPU and when it's finished I will know that he has made a contribution and is helping other people."

Carol has worked as a Healthcare Assistant on the IPU for almost 5 years proving care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and to those people important to the patients.

The modernisation of the IPU began in January and is expected to take approximately 11 months to complete. Sixteen bedrooms on the IPU will be refurbished which includes new heating, lighting, décor and furnishings. All bathrooms, toilets and the IPU corridor will be modernised and an extension will be built to house a new Nurses Reception and create additional storage.

Dementia-friendly principles, including colour-coding and new signage, will be utilised throughout the IPU which will make it easier for all patients and visitors to find their way.

The couple have a son Matthew, 19, and were married for 30 years.

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