Charity Fun Day in Aid of C18 Respiratory Ward

26 Jun 2018

Published in: Member News

donationsThe family of a former New Cross Hospital patient hosted a charity fun day to raise money for the respiratory ward.

Michelle Brookes was cared for on ward C18, the respiratory ward, in her final days and her auntie, Julie Edwards, and sister, Emma Brookes, organised the event to thank staff for their expert care.

Michelle and Emma's parents Alan and Susan Brookes also helped with the planning and throughout the day.

The charity fun day, held on June 3rd 2018, raised a grand total of £1,386, which was donated to the respiratory ward.

Julie praised the nurses on the ward, saying that they were very friendly and caring to Michelle.

Julie said: "Michelle was a team leader and supervisor at Scotbeef Ltd. in Wolverhampton before she became ill with what seemed like a cold as first.

"However she deteriorated quickly and it became apparent that Michelle had cancer.

"She passed away just two and a half months after being diagnosed.

"Michelle was like a daughter to me, and she was well loved by all her family.

"She also had many friends who will miss her."

Michelle's family, who live in Fordhouses in Wolverhampton, wanted to do something in Michelle's memory, and so came up with the idea of the charity fun day.

Julie added: "The owners of Fordhouses cricket club kindly allowed the event to take place at the venue.

"On the day the sun was shining, and the field was set up with raffles, a tombola, a cake stall, a bric-a-brac stand and a bouncy castle.

"Also we want to say a big thank you to B & F Leisure for their support and help.

"Everyone who joined in the fun had a fantastic time, and did really well to raise such a great amount of money for the ward."

Julie said the family were hoping to put on another event in a years' time to keep Michelle's memory alive.

Leanne Bood, fundraising co-ordinator for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust charity, said: "Our heartfelt thanks go out to Julie and Emma, and everyone who took part in the Charity Fun Day.

"It is through such kind gestures that the Trust is able to continually improve the care that patients receive".

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