Greenfield woman leaves £28,000 to cancer hospice in memory of husband

A Greenfield woman has left £28,000 to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as a ‘thank you’ for their nursing care towards her husband Percy.

Sister Sue Baynhan, Chief Executive Joanne Sloan, Alan Bates, Rev Mark Bates and Community Services lead Lindsey Harper

Percy Broadbent passed away in 2003 and spent the last 10 years of his life in a wheelchair.

But wife Margaret never forgot the dedication of nursing staff and how they looked after him at the hospice on Turf Lane, Royton.

So when died Margaret died earlier this year at the age of 85, she left the sum of money to the hospice.

Now, the couple’s nephews, the Reverend Mark Bates and his brother Alan have visited Dr Kershaw’s and presented a cheque to chief executive, Joanne Sloan, and staff members.

Rev Bates travelled from Bolton and Alan journeyed from Weymouth, Dorset to make the presentation.

“Percy spent the last 10 years of his life in a wheelchair and the care he received from the nurses towards the end of his life was never forgotten by Margaret,” explained Alan.

Born in Mossley, Margaret worked as a clerk with Tameside Council and married millworker Percy in 1968. The couple, who had no children, were married 35 years before Percy died 16 years ago.

Margaret was active until a hip replacement and then a stroke, either side of the turn of last year, hindered her movement.

Rev Bates said the family were very proud that their relative had chosen to support such a worthy cause as the Hospice and he wished the team well in delivering the new-build project during the 30th anniversary year.

Chief Executive Joanne Sloan said: “This is an incredibly generous legacy and we will endeavour to deliver the very best care for the people of Oldham.”

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