The Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre and Shouldham Ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital were recently gifted £1,300 from Daphne and Richard Ashby from Outwell, Norfolk.
Sadly on 14 March, after celebrating her 65th birthday in January, Mrs. Ashby lost her battle with cancer. As part of her birthday celebrations, Daphne had parties in Outwell and Luton, where friends and family were asked to make a donation to the Macmillan Centre Unit, rather than buying gifts and in total gave £600. Pebbles, the family cat, also donated £5 from her biscuit allowance!When mourners attended Daphne’s funeral at St. Clement’s Church, Outwell followed by a short service at March Crematorium at the start of April, an additional £700 was donated to the cause.
Richard Ashby commented: “We both wanted to publicly thank everyone for all they have done to help Daphne and I over the last few months. Losing Daphne has been incredibly difficult for all of us, but the care she received at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital made it slightly easier to deal with. Daphne would have wanted me to share the news about how kind everyone was and make sure they were thanked for donating so generously on both occasions.”
After her birthday Daphne Ashby said: “I wanted to give something back to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for the excellent care given to me by all members of staff. I could not have wished for a more caring team, we only wish we could do more. A big thank you to everyone for being so generous and celebrating my birthday with me.”
Vicky Mitchell, Macmillan Information and Support Manager went on to say: “We are so touched that Daphne asked for donations instead of presents for her ‘special’ birthday and that her family continued with this kindness at her funeral. We strive to provide excellent patient care and it means a lot to hear Daphne and her family received this from both us at the centre and our colleagues in Shouldham Ward.”