This week (14 – 20 May) marks Dying Matters Awareness Week, and Nottingham Hospitals Charity is taking the opportunity to encourage people in the local community to talk about giving a special gift to charity either after their death, or in memory of a loved one they have lost.
Death is often considered a somewhat taboo topic of conversation, but it’s something that happens to all of us and Dying Matters Awareness Week aims to break down the stigma and get people talking about bereavement and dying.
On a daily basis Nottingham Hospitals Charity supports bereaved families and friends who want to raise money in memory of a lost loved one. In memory giving is a wonderful way to remember someone special and support a cause that was important to them.
Staff at Nottingham City Homes recently raised a phenomenal £15,530 for Hayward House – the palliative care centre at Nottingham City Hospital – in memory of a much-loved colleague, Steve Richards, who passed away there in January 2016.
The money, raised through a host of activities including quiz nights, cake sales, tombolas, sponsored walks and even half marathons, will help patients with life-limiting illnesses being cared for at Hayward House. It will help to fund extra services such as complementary therapy, art activities and counselling, to support patients during a difficult time and provide some mental and physical relief from their symptoms and treatments.
Gill Moy, Director of Housing Services at Nottingham City Homes, said: ““I am so proud of everybody involved in raising funds for Hayward House over the past 18 months. Hayward House is a unique environment, offering a home-from-home to patients with a life-limiting illness.
“We chose to support Hayward House in memory of our colleague Steve Richards, a lovely, kind man who worked at Nottingham City Homes for many years. When Steve was diagnosed with cancer, the exceptional support given by Hayward House was a great comfort.
“A lot of determination and creativity went into the fundraising, including quiz nights, darts competitions, half marathons, and an epic sponsored walk to Matlock. The final total raised is over £15,000. This phenomenal amount is a fitting tribute to Steve, and a testament to the generosity and hard work of everyone involved.”
Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “The fundraising carried out by Nottingham City Homes for Hayward House has been absolutely amazing. We have been overwhelmed by the wide range of different fundraising activities and events that the team have put together, and so touched that it has all been in memory of a much-loved colleague, Steve Richards. From Tough Mudders and tombolas to half marathons and Halloween parties, so many people have been involved in raising such a huge amount of money in Steve’s memory, and we are so grateful for this incredible support for Hayward House.”
During Dying Matters Awareness Week, Nottingham Hospitals Charity is also reminding people that they can leave a special gift to a charity in their Will, if they wish. Gifts in Wills make up around a third of Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s income, meaning they have a huge impact on the Charity’s ability to fund enhanced facilities, additional services, specialist equipment and medical research at Nottingham’s hospitals.
Donors can specify which area of the hospitals they would like to support, meaning they can be sure their gift will go to the area or cause closest to their hearts. Any gift, no matter how large or small, will make a difference to patients here in Nottingham.
For more information about making an in memory donation or leaving a gift to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, please go to www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk