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2 Aug 2019 Community

Families go the extra mile on the In-Patient Unit

Two families visiting patients on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit have gone the extra mile over the past few weeks, donating lots of goodies and treats to help raise extra funds for patient care.

Two families, both visiting relatives on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit have thought of the Hospice during a difficult time and donated items for raffles to help boost funds for patient care.

Kelly Thornton, of Brackenhall, and her family were visiting her dad, Mick Thornton, who was admitted onto Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit on Monday 15th July.

After recently being diagnosed with cancer and spending time at Calderdale Hospital and St James’ Hospital, Mick was admitted to Kirkwood for symptom management.

Mick’s sister, Pauline Anderton, was visiting with her family from their home in Bolton.

Pauline said: “It is a beautiful place here, just like the people.

“I wanted to give something back, so as a family we collected items to be used as raffle prizes.”

Kelly added: “My dad wanted to be here, he knew he’d be safe and feel happier and his pain is well managed.

“It is lovely here. At the hospital there are visiting hours, but here the whole family can be here all day, every day. It is just an amazing place.”

Kelly felt reassured knowing her dad was coming to Kirkwood as she is familiar with the care it provides. Kelly’s auntie, Mary Macmillan, was one of the first patients to be cared for on the In-Patient Unit back in 1987.

David Burns, pictured with Kelly's daughter Olivia (centre) and Nurse Helen


David Burns, who lives in Heckmondwike, decided to donate an item to Kirkwood every day his wife was being cared for on the In-Patient Unit.

David’s wife, Andrea, was admitted onto the In-Patient Unit after a three week stay at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

David also has historic links with Kirkwood, as both his sister and mum were cared for at the end of their lives many years ago.

David said: “Andrea was absolutely delighted when the hospital told her a bed was available here at Kirkwood. We knew she needed to be here, the hospital had done all they could.

“They had her pain under control in no time, almost instantly. After a day or so she was moved to a room that overlooked the garden and she could have the door open with the bed pushed near it so she could see outside.

“To me, donating items can bring in a better return for Kirkwood. If I donate money it will always stay at that exact amount but by donating something every day for a raffle, the price can increase and it’s not a huge expense for me.

“I’ve been encouraging Andrea’s brothers to bring in things that can be raffled. I’m all about spreading the love.”

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