Lynda’s legacy boosts hos­pice

Ex-pa­tient’s fam­ily grant fi­nal wish

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

An in­cred­i­ble £1900 was re­cently do­nated to Kil­bryde Hos­pice and Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port – in mem­ory of a much-loved for­mer pa­tient.

Lynda Fer­gu­son from West­wood sadly passed away in the sum­mer, aged just 52, af­ter a 15-year bat­tle with can­cer.

It was Lynda’s wish that out of this dif­fi­cult time, she might be able to make a dif­fer­ence to the char­i­ties which sup­ported her dur­ing her ill­ness, so that oth­ers in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion might be able to get the same sup­port.

Lynda’s fam­ily, friends and col­leagues at Capita hon­oured this wish by do­nat­ing nearly £2000 to the hos­pice and Macmil­lan.

Lynda re­ceived sup­port from Macmil­lan nurs­ing staff and Kil­bryde Hos­pice’s care at home and day ser­vices team.

Husband Andrew spoke of the sup­port Lynda and the fam­ily re­ceived from the char­i­ties and, also of his wife’s giv­ing na­ture.

He said: “Lynda and I re­ceived the most amaz­ing sup­port while we were go­ing through a re­ally tough time and with­out the sup­port of the lo­cal NHS com­mu­nity nurs­ing team, the MacMil­lan nurs­ing sup­port and the sup­port of the Kil­bryde Hos­pice, it would have been so much more dif­fi­cult.

“We were so grate­ful for all the in­cred­i­ble help we re­ceived that Lynda asked me to do­nate any monies col­lected at the funeral ser­vice be­tween Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port and Kil­bryde Hos­pice.

“This was so that they could con­tinue to pro­vide much-needed help to oth­ers who might find them­selves in the same sit­u­a­tion that we did.

“Lynda was al­ways look­ing to help oth­ers wher­ever she could.”

And this was epit­o­mised when the cou­ple were in Florida cel­e­brat­ing her 50th birth­day.

Andrew ex­plained: “The ho­tel we were stay­ing in had kindly ar­ranged roses for our room.

“We were only in the ho­tel for a few days and when check­ing out, Lynda didn’t want the roses to go to waste. She took them and gave them to the first per­son that we met, which hap­pened to be a young girl clean­ing the cor­ri­dors.

“The girl was de­lighted as you would imag­ine, but that is just the kind of girl Lynda was – al­ways think­ing about oth­ers; one very special girl who is sorely missed by every­one that knew her.”

A spokesper­son for Kil­bryde Hos­pice’s clin­i­cal team said: “We ad­mired Lynda’s courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to live as fully as she pos­si­bly could through­out her ill­ness and it was an hon­our to sup­port her to­wards the end of her life.

“Even in the fi­nal stages of her life, her con­cern for the well­be­ing of those clos­est to her never wa­vered. It was such a plea­sure to know her.”

Kil­bryde Hos­pice pro­vides care and sup­port to peo­ple in La­nark­shire with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and ex­tends this sup­port to car­ers and loved ones.

Con­tact Kil­bryde Hos­pice on (01355) 202020 or email info@ kil­bry­de­hos­pice.org.uk

In­spi­ra­tional fight think­ing of oth­ers Lynda bat­tled can­cer for 15 years but was al­ways

Fi­nan­cial sup­port Andrew Fer­gu­son pre­sents cheques to Macmil­lan fundraiser Laura Stock­well, left, and Kil­bryde Hos­pice’s Re­becca Drinkwa­ter

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