Hospital donation in patient’s honour

Money raised in memory of a former patient is being donated to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Money raised in memory of a former patient is being donated to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital is to benefit from more than £1,000 raised in memory of a former patient.

Ian Riley died in March, aged 74, having initially being referred to hospital by his GP.

At first, doctors thought Mr Riley, of Highfield Road, South Shore, had suffered a small stroke, but further tests showed he had seven cancerous legions on the brain.

Tragically, the cancer spread and Mr Riley died within six weeks.

His daughters, Gill Greenhalgh and Sharon Thompson, said: “Just a couple of days after we found out about the legions on his brain, dad found out the cancer had spread to his lungs, bones, kidneys – it was everywhere.

“When dad passed away mum, Sharon and I decided we didn’t want people to bring flowers to the funeral, but instead asked them to make a donation in dad’s memory and in thanks for the care he received both at the hospital and by Macmillan Cancer Care.”

The donations at the Crematorium totalled nearly £250 which was donated via the 
funeral director to the Macmillan Cancer Care.

Gill added: “As a lot of the donations were anonymous we would like to thank everyone who donated and attended the funeral.”

Among those donating in memory of Mr Riley was Gill and Sharon’s employer, 
Beaverbrooks.

Gill, who lives in Marton, Blackpool, said: “Beaverbrooks gave us £1,000 for the charity of our choice in memory of dad, so we have decided to give it to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and asked that they dedicate that money to the Urology Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as dad suffered with prostate cancer.”

Gill, 49, who works as manager of the replenishment department at Beaverbrooks, decided to further add to the donations in their father’s memory by holding an Easter raffle and Easter bonnet competition at Beaverbrooks’ head office.

The Easter activities, organised by the replenishment department, raised £400, which has been matched by Beaverbrooks, and has been dedicated in Mr Riley’s memory to the Breast Cancer Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as a Beaverbrooks employee has recently been affected by the disease.

Gill and Sharon, 45, added: “No amount of money can bring dad back, but we hope that this money will help to ease another person’s pain and suffering.”

Alison Kay, assistant 
theatre practitioner on the Urology Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said: “We are very grateful to Gill and 
Sharon, and their families and colleagues at Beaverbrooks for this very generous 
donation, made in memory of Ian Riley.

“This money will be used to help enhance the care our patients receive on the unit.”