Family’s £1k hospice gift for helping mum

Susan and Diane present the cheque to representatives from LCHS.

Susan and Diane present the cheque to representatives from LCHS.

A family has donated more than £1,000 to the Butterfly Hospice in gratitude for the treatment staff gave to their late mother.

Sisters Suzanne Phillips, of Spilsby, and Diane Killick, of Boston, handed over a cheque for £1,005 to nursing staff for the hospice.

Their mother Edna Mary Hough, who lived in Spilsby, was treated at the hospice.

The family were so appreciative of the caring work by hospice staff, they decided to raise cash for the charity – and one of them now volunteers there.

A charity bingo night held at The Eaves, in Little Steeping, raised £502.50 – an amount that Suzanne and Diane’s brother David Hough’s employers SPE Group, of Lincoln, agreed to match.

The hospice inpatient unit is run in partnership by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the Butterfly Hospice Trust. A spokesman for LCHS said: “The daughters were delighted with the facilities and care their mother received – and Diane has now joined the volunteer workforce, helping to support families and patients along with nursing staff in providing high-quality patient care.”

Laura Slayven, hospice fundraising manager, added: “We are so grateful to Diane, Suzanne and SPE, for their support of the hospice. We work very hard to explore all options to raise funds to keep providing this high level of caring service for our patients.

“Although we received some funding from the NHS, the majority of our funds come from the generous support of the people in our community. Without their continued support and fundraising we are not able to provide our care free of cost to patients and their families.”

The funds raised by Suzanne, Diane and SPE Group will be put towards the cost of buying some smaller recliner chairs, to enhance patient comfort and help families who stay with their loved ones overnight.