"My mother, Margaret Kay, was 90 when she received the news that she had cancer of the liver. She was extremely well and didn’t want to have surgery.
Fortunately a nurse from the hospice came to discuss matters with her and the family and put her mind at rest. The nurse continued to visit, keeping everyone updated until it was decided that my mother should go into the hospice. She died 10 days later, the care she received was first class.
The family wanted to give something back, for patients who would need help in the future.
It was also important to have somewhere to come and visit and remember my mother, that’s why the tribute fund seemed such a good idea. My sister, Moyra Simpson, and I could add her name to the tree in the hospice and see it every time we came to visit.
So far we have raised more than £12,000. Apart from regular donations from Moyra and myself, friends have been willing to save their pennies and five pences which I add to a bottle and empty when it’s full.
If families have the funds available, I would encourage them to start a tribute fund. Most of us have no place else to go to remember the loved one we have lost. The tree is our memorial - long may it be there."
- Iain Kay