THE heartbreak of losing her five-year-old daughter prompted Chris Hay to help others whose children are ill.
Chris, from Lytham, has organised several events over the last two years and handed over £20,000 to help local youngsters, in memory of her daughter Vicki, who died in 1967 after losing her battle with cancer.
The money from the Vicki Reardon Memorial Fund has been used to buy special beds, known as Whisk Away, which can be used by parents while their child is in hospital.
Chris visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital with husband Gordon for a presentation, where the couple were able to talk to children and parents on the new Children’s Unit.
She said: “I was only 22 years old and had never experienced death. I cannot explain to anyone the pain of losing a child and so this is why I decided to do something for families with a child in a similar situation. If we can make life a bit more bearable it will perhaps help them to cope with their difficulties.
“I’m really pleased we have been able to buy these beds and achieve something in memory of Vicki. We came to the opening of the Children’s Unit and talked to some of the parents who had used the beds and they said they were comfortable and they could sleep. It’s much better than trying to rest in a chair, which was all there was before.”
Nicola Larsen, mum to six-year-old Chloe who is undergoing treatment for cancer, was on the unit at the time of the presentation.
She said: “It’s made a big difference and last night for once I actually slept.”