When Beryl Burnhope came to Willow Burn Hospice with her husband Bob three years ago little did she contemplate what the Hospice would come to mean to her and her family. After only a short stay at Willow Burn, Bob sadly passed away but Beryl said that she will always remember the outstanding care he received, “I cannot put it into words, what it meant; the care they gave Bob, it was wonderful”.
“I came in one day to find Bob at eaten for the first time in days. He had fish and chips. I could hardly believe it”
Three years later Beryl with a little help from her friends, Julia, Wendy, Pauline and Sandra have raised a whopping £10,000 for Willow Burn Hospice, through the sale of goods at fayres raffles and tombolas. As Beryl walked around the construction of the new hospice she said it’s great to see all the fabulous work being done and to know that she has in some way been a part of it.
“Donations are so important to the Hospice how else would they keep running and I wanted to be able to give something back. After Bob passed away my crafts and knitting kept me busy and I became more and more motivated to raise as much money as I could for Willow Burn.”
Construction is currently well underway for a brand new state of the art six bed in patient unit, something which has only been made possible by the generous donation of £1.5 million from Helen McArdle for the much needed new build.
Community Fundraiser, Siobhan Marsh from Willow Burn Hospice said, “It was an absolute pleasure to be able to show Beryl round the new build and to be able to thank her in person for all she has done, fundraising isn’t easy but at the tender age of 81 Beryl has demonstrated sometimes small actions can bring big results.”
“Willow Burn Hospice treasures the lives of those with life limiting illnesses and their families. We are here because our community need us; we are here for people like Beryl and Bob and we hope to be here for a very long time. However it is people like Beryl and her friends who help us, as she puts it, “keep the lights on” and without them Willow Burn could not exist. We are extremely grateful to Beryl and all those like her who help us keep up our vital work”