Bishopbriggs Fundraising Group
The local group of volunteers from the Bishopbriggs fundraising group have raised enough money to pay for two days of care at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow. Group member Karen explains her inspiration behind this fundraising feat.
"My family's lives were changed forever in April 2014 when my Dad, John Gray McKendry, was diagnosed with advanced bowel and liver cancer. During the following months, supporting Dad became our family's sole focus whether it was being with him at home or visiting him in hospital during his many in-patient stays.
"At the beginning of August 2014, Dad returned home from an in-patient stay and there was a significant decline in his health. At this point we were introduced to the Marie Curie home care team who visited and cared for Dad twice daily. The team instantly built up a great relationship with Dad and proved to be an invaluable support to my Mum.
"Dad's health continued to decline and when his GP suggested a stay in the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow I was very much against that. My perception of a hospice was that it would be a cold and clinical place which was the last place I wanted for my Dad. How wrong could I have been...
Kindness and compassion
"Dad was admitted to the Hospice on 12 August 2014 and, from the moment we arrived, we were shown nothing but kindness and compassion and Dad was treated with respect and, most importantly, was given back his dignity. The staff not only cared for Dad but looked after us and kept us informed of Dad's treatment and provided a shoulder to cry on during the difficult times.
"Sadly Dad passed away on 22 August 2014 and I knew that I had to do something to give back to the hospice and the wonderful team for everything they had done for Dad and my family.
"I met with Susan, one of the Hospice Fundraising Team, and she told me about the Bishopbriggs Fundraising Group and I joined the group in October 2014.
Working as a team
"The group are led by a very inspiring lady, Anne Thomson, and arrange many fundraising activities throughout the year such as a Curry Night in a local Indian Restaurant, a Rock & Roll Bingo Night, a Daffodil Tea Party and a Race Night to name but a few.
"The team works fantastically well together towards the common aim of raising funds and awareness of the Hospice and the services it provides and have raised money to pay for the cost of running the Hospice for two days!
"I feel very privileged to have been accepted as part of the fundraising group and would urge anyone who can spare some time to join us and help raise funds for such a wonderful and special place."