Mum’s funeral donations go to ward
A DAUGHTER and her family has raised more than £100 towards the hospital ward that cared for her dying mother.
Petula Maskey, from Macclesfield, set about raising money for Ward nine at Macclesfield Hospital after staff cared for her mum, Mildred Taylor.
Sadly Mildred, who was admitted to the hospital after breaking her ankle, died after contracting pneumonia on the respiratory ward.
But Petula said she was overwhelmed by the support and care her mum received while on ward four, where she treated in her final days.
She and her family decided to donate £135 from her mum’s funeral donations to the hospital ward, which she hopes will be used towards plants, flowers and garden equipment for the conservatory outside the ward where she and her mum found such comfort.
Petula, who is mum to Jo, said: “The staff in both wards four and nine were very kind and very supportive of both mum herself and anyone who visited her, but ward four seemed extra special.
“Behind ward four there is now a conservatory with a paved area outside – I never expected a conservatory at a hospital.
“The ward has a number of patients who suffer from dementia and I was given to understand that being in the outside space and looking after the greenery can be very therapeutic.”
She added: “My family and I decided that at mum’s funeral we would ask for donations instead of flowers if that was acceptable, the money to be divided between ward four and The Cinnamon Trust.”
Petula has also set about collecting donations from businesses towards the hospital’s raffle and has a number of donations including: wine from Tesco in Broken Cross; Cut and Finish from David of Duke Street; £40 voucher from Sainsburys, Macclesfield; fish and chip supper donated by Pete’s chippy; a night’s stay at a four star hotel and an assortment of plants donated by The Mustard seed, Broken Cross, Fairways garden centre and Flora garden centre in Henbury.
Mrs Taylor died on May 11, aged 93.
●● Mildred Taylor, died at Macclesfield Hospital