Parrot visits Hospice patient

27 March 2017

A BIRD-LOVER from Leigh was visited by a parrot in her bedroom at Wigan and Leigh Hospice shortly before she sadly passed away.

Parrot visits Hospice patient

Gillian was visited by an eclectus parrot named Xia from Pawsitively Pets in Hindley after Gillian's son and daughter approached
Hayley from Pawsitively Pets in Hindley and told her how much their mum loved birds.

Hayley quickly agreed to bring Xia into the Hospice where she sat on Gillian's arm and gave her a small nip on the finger.

Gillian's son Shaun Bartley said: "Mum has always had a great love of birds and was still happy after Xia gave her a little nip on her finger.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to Hayley from Pawsitively Pets for bringing entertainment and bringing lasting happiness to my mum while she was in the hospice. Hayley dropped everything on the day after a small request to bring a bird to the Hospice for my mum to see.
"This genuine act of kindness was much appreciated by my mum and her family. Fingers were bitten but no complaints were made - only smiles and happy memories. I am very grateful for this happy memory of a wonderful mum who touched the hearts of all whom she came in contact with."

While in the Hospice Gillian was also visited by TC, her next-door neighbour's Golden Retriever, who she had known since she was a puppy.

Gillian, who passed away from cancer on March 12th, leaves behind her husband Colin, her son Shaun from Queensland, Australia; her son Carl; her daughter Andrea and husband Nigel as well as their children Jamie and Koral and her cousins Pat and Jean.

The hospice provides care for people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness including - but not limited to - heart or renal failure, neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, dementia and respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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