Fundraising for a better access to technology for Wheatfields Hospice
Brian: "We all know someone who is affected by Cancer.
I lost my Mum in September 2012 (aged only 65) after a 3 year battle with Cancer. She was supposed to go to Wheatfields but sadly did not make it. My brother and I visited Wheatfields Hospice with my Dad and he liked the place and knew that Mum would have been cared for very well there.
I lost my Dad suddenly in July 2014 (aged only 67) and it changed my outlook. Both Mum and Dad were very generous and very caring and would help anyone in genuine need in any way they could.
I was then hit with the news that one of my best friends had Cancer in January 2015 - he put up a brave battle also, but passed away in December 2015 in Wheatfields. Whilst I was visiting him in there we saw that they had free Wi-Fi and we came up with a pact that I would do something in his memory.
After 6 months I started the summer campaign with the full support of the Old Ball Pub in Horsforth."
Brian raised funds through bake sales, raffles and online donations. Brian’s local pub, The Old Ball, arranged a family fun day to boost the fundraising effort.
Brian said: "I’m delighted we’ve managed to smash our original target and have raised enough money to not only supply the tablets but to help with the day to day running of Wheatfields. Patients can now have access to tablets to go online, communicate with family and friends or stream films or TV programmes. I wanted to raise enough money so that there are enough tablets for every patient at Wheatfields and we’ve done this and a little more which will be put to great use."
The cheque was presented by Brian and Tracy recently to Mary Campbell, head of hospice fundraising at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in front of customers at the Old Ball. Mary added: "We're so grateful to Brian, Tracy and all the staff and customers at The Old Ball for all of their support. They have raised an incredible amount of money which will really make a difference here at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. We can only continue to provide the care we do because of people like Brian fundraising for us, and for him to have raised so much is just wonderful."