Val Hawthorne has been fundraising for the hospital ever since her daughter tragically died of ovarian cancer seven years ago – Lucy was only 14 at the time. We had the opportunity to talk to Val this month about her fundraising for a cause close to her heart.
"Having spent so much time on the ward with Lucy, I couldn't fault the care she received –the specialist doctors, nurses and ward staff were brilliant. But whilst Lucy was in there I noticed how the rooms were quite dull.
"After she died, I wanted to do something positive and started fundraising for a refurbishment of the two side rooms where we'd stayed, just to brighten and freshen up the surroundings.
"We raised more than £5,000 that year. It started when donations came in from family and friends in Lucy's memory. The local youth group at MK Theatre donated in Lucy's memory. Lucy was a keen dancer at Milton Keynes Dance Centre, where they also collected for us. They still support our efforts today.
"Things then escalated, as the school both Lucy and her brother Glen attended got involved too – Denbigh held a non-uniform day and the students and staff raised more than £1,000! It felt great handing the money over to the staff and then seeing the rooms looking so bright and cheerful. Now if you go on the ward, you'll notice a sign above the side room door – a star called Lucy's Rooms – which to me is a lovely way to remember her.
PATIENTS on the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital had a real treat this week when new books were delivered to the ward, following a local fundraising initiative.
The new books will be used in many ways on the ward, from distracting patients during procedures to enabling parents and carers to read bedtime stories.
Local businesses and individuals pledged money to purchase books for young patients through a Community Book Pledge. The scheme was coordinated by Michelle Smith of Usborne Books at Home and School.
Laura Clarke, play assistant on the children’s ward, said: “The new books are going to make a lovely addition to the children’s ward and will go a long way to enhancing the experience of patients staying on the ward. I am thrilled that the charity was involved with this project and we look forward to working with Michelle in the future.”
A midwife based at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated for a Tommy’s Award by former patient Kayleigh Moore in honour of the enduring support she gave Kayleigh on her tough road to parenthood, and for setting up her own local support group for parents who have braved the loss of a baby.
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Our charity raises money to fund projects at Milton Keynes Hospital that are outside the scope of the NHS. Last year we raised more than £380,000.
This couldn't be achieved without the fantastic support of people in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Fundraising makes a huge difference to the many wards and departments needing equipment and other items - and has helped change the lives of thousands of patients and their families. So thank you to everyone who has helped us make a difference in Milton Keynes.
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