Visionary Gift to Springhill Hospice
Having never visited Springhill Hospice, Lisa Greenhalgh was amazed at the whole experience, from the welcome her sister Linda received when she was admitted, to the compassionate and caring way Linda and the whole family were looked after by staff and volunteers.
Lisa’s sister, Linda Kelly, had been poorly for many years. She suffered with the crippling pain of osteoporosis, so she was never as physically active as others, leaving her housebound for long periods of time. However, her physical problems didn’t stop her thirst for knowledge, entertainment and the desire to see what was going on in the world around her.
“Linda thoroughly enjoyed watching television, losing herself in the programmes, it was important to her, it was her window into the world” said Rochdale based business woman Lisa.
Lisa described her sister’s care as ‘amazing’ and ‘compassionate’, adding that ‘the doctors, nurses and volunteers made her sister’s last days superb’.
Already a big charity supporter, Lisa took inspiration from her first-hand experience of Hospice care, having stayed at her sister’s bedside for a week.
“Whilst sat by my sister’s side, I realised that I would like to make a lasting contribution to the care of other patients and their families. Television was very important in Linda’s life, watching programmes was a way for Linda to escape and a great distraction for her. So, what better way to honour her memory than to provide each single ward room at the Hospice with a brand new, state of the art, flat screen television?” enthused Lisa.
Having decided on her ideal donation, Lisa approached Hospice Chief Executive, Julie Halliwell, to ask for permission to make the generous gift.
Speaking of the donation Julie said “As a charity we have to be very careful with funds, spending it on essentials only, so to be honest, replacing our old, small televisions has never been a top priority. When Lisa came to me with her donation idea, I was overjoyed. Never in a million years did I think that the following day, 11 brand new TV’s would arrive on our doorstep – mounting brackets and all oh yes, and someone to fit them! It’s a wonderful donation that will be a used by so many patients and their families, we can’t thank Lisa and Daz enough.”
But Lisa’s generosity didn’t stop at buying the televisions, her partner Daz Gilkinson of DWG Contractors installed the state of the art sets and she has also promised to replace the televisions should they break, whether it be in 3, 5, or even 7 years’ time.
Norden resident Lisa, pictured here showing an old, small antiquated ward room television, is now a fully-fledged, enthusiastic Springhill Hospice supporter, wanting to help in as many ways she can.
“I’ve been in business for many years, running the award winning recruitment company, Finlay Jude Associates. During this difficult time, I’ve have been able to rely on my staff, for which I am very grateful. By way of a thank you to the Hospice, my team have also offered another gift, we hope that the Hospice will rely on our company’s recruitment advice and services, free of charge in the future”.
Lisa’s sister Linda Kelly died peacefully at Springhill Hospice at the end of November. Thanks to the generous gift from Lisa, she has left a lasting legacy to patients and their families for years to come.