A family's gift to John Taylor Hospice
Thankful for the care provided for their family, a mother and son have chosen their own special ways to support John Taylor Hospice.
Gwen Stead, aged 77, gifts her time as a volunteer barista while her son David, 51, has presented staff with a cheque for £1,500 – thanks to a successful charitable fund nomination.
Glyn Stead – son to Gwen and younger brother to David – was cared for in John Taylor’s In-Patient Unit and died in February 2009, aged 29. Both Gwen and David felt they wanted to give something back to the hospice, helping to ensure that other local families can also get support how, when and where they need it.
Former teacher Gwen decided to join John Taylor’s team of dedicated volunteers when Moments Café opened its doors at the hospice in November 2016. The volunteer-led café is a relaxing space where patients, families and staff can enjoy a selection of hot and cold refreshments.
“Hospice staff were absolutely wonderful to Glyn and their support and care never faltered,” said Gwen, who lives with her husband Alfred in Kingstanding. “I enjoy being a volunteer and feel that I’m giving something back to the hospice. It’s my way of saying thank you.”
The £1,500 donation presented to hospice staff comes from a charitable fund supported by Unite members working at Cadbury in Bournville. David, who is chairman of the branch, put forward John Taylor Hospice as a potential recipient and was delighted when a cause so close to his heart was chosen to benefit from the fund.
“When Glyn was cared for by John Taylor we as a family were also looked after,” said David, who works as a chocolate maker for Cadbury. “We were always made to feel welcome no matter the time of day or night. It's very important for my family to show our support and repay in a small way the kindness that they showed to us.
I’m so pleased that my mam is working now at JTH - I'm very proud of her and very pleased that she's working with such lovely people.
Head of Fundraising Katie Mitchell said: “John Taylor Hospice has been at the heart of the community for generations providing ‘Taylor-made’ care for patients and their loved ones.
“It costs £15,000 every day to run our services – that’s £625 an hour. By volunteering time like Gwen, or through gen
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