Latest Thanks to our community once more

Willow Wood are once more thanking their community who continue to support the Hospice during these very difficult times. Here are just a few examples of the kindness and generosity shown to us.

The Rotary organisation is well known for its charitable activities and 20 Rotary Clubs in the Greater Manchester came together recently with a massive donation of over £6,000, which they used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment. This was then donated throughout the area to a number of Hospices and care homes. Nicky Byrne, head of clinical services and Dave Egerton, maintenance technician at Willow Wood were pleased to receive these from Maria Bailey, vice president of Tameside Rotary.

Nicky said, “Supplies of PPE are running low throughout the country so it is wonderful to receive this donation. Our dedicated key workers are on the front line in the fight against Corona Virus and donations, particularly of fluid repellent surgical masks, are such a very practical way of helping us continue our care. Our thanks to the Rotary organisation for their support.”

Local art teacher Paul Greenall is supporting Willow Wood in an innovative way, with his lockdown art challenge. He is asking people to nominate a bird which he will then sketch in ink and watercolour – all in 15 minutes. Paul then asks for a donation of £10, and in just two weeks he has raised the magnificent sum of £900 for Willow Wood! The challenge is in memory of Jayne’s mum, Meg Brickell who was cared for at the Hospice.

Donations and requests can be made by going to Justgiving.com and searching for Jayne’s Paul Greenall Art Challenge. Information is also available on the Willow Wood Facebook page.

And Willow Wood had a visit from Michael Quinn on Tuesday 5 May. Michael, dressed in his full dress kilt regalia, played his bagpipes in the grounds treating patients, their visitors and staff to a very welcome musical interlude. Karen Houlston, chief executive of the Hospice said “It was wonderful to see and hear Michael. Social distancing was observed, but he walked along the patios in front of our patient rooms so that everyone could see the performance. It was a very special gift for our patients, they were thrilled.”

Karen continued: “Can I just thank every member of our community for their words of support and encouragement at this time. Your messages mean so much to us, thank you for helping us in our essential work.”

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