Family says thank you

Caring staff at our Doncaster hospice have all received a goody hamper from a family as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the way they looked after their mum.

When Sandra Marshall was admitted to St John’s Hospice at Balby in December last year she said she wanted to make some hampers for everyone who had cared for her.

When she died early this year from stomach cancer, her children David and Laura Marshall, decided to make her wish happen.

They crowd funded on Facebook asking for donations so they could thank the staff who cared for their mum and in no time at all they raised £1100.

Some of the cash was used to buy the staff hampers which contained lots of goodies and the remaining spare money has been donated to the hospice. The money will be used to buy bird baths and bird tables for the new gardens, with one of each placed on the patio outside the room Sandra used.

David said: “Before mum died she wanted to say thank you by making hampers for the staff. She didn’t have chance to do this, so when she died Laura and myself decided to make it happen. The staff were wonderful and it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to them.

“We also wish to thank, from the bottom or our hearts, every single person that donated and made mum’s last wish a reality.”

Lindsey Richards, of the hospice, said: “This is such a lovely thing to do. Our staff really appreciate all of the effort that has gone into raising the money and making up the hampers and want to thank the Marshall family for doing this.”

Laura Marshall (2nd from left) and brother David (3rd from left) are pictured surrounded by some of the nurses who cared for their mum together with their gifts.