Widow gives furniture to hospital

THE widow of a Weston pensioner has donated new furniture for the hospital ward he was treated on. Eileen Gillard, aged 77, chose to give leather chairs for the Quiet Room in Kewstoke Ward in Weston General Hospital.

THE widow of a Weston pensioner has donated new furniture for the hospital ward he was treated on.

Eileen Gillard, aged 77, chose to give leather chairs for the Quiet Room in Kewstoke Ward in Weston General Hospital.

The room is used as a private place where families members can talk to staff and where doctors can speak to relatives about their loved one.

Eileen, of Wyvern Close, gave the furniture in memory of her husband William who died in September from stomach cancer.


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William was due to take a trip to Cyprus with Eileen but was taken into hospital before he could go. He died aged 77 and was buried in Weston Crematorium.

Eileen said: "Because William wasn't able to take our holiday I went out there myself and scattered his ashes.

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"We took collections at his cremation for the hospital and decided to buy new furniture. Doctors took me there to tell me William had passed away and all the staff were lovely and supportive. The furniture was a mess though and was really old and tatty."

William and Eileen were together 44 years and were friends before they married. The couple both worked in Bristol, William in an abattoir and Eileen in a printing press.

Eileen would also like to get in touch with a lady called Olive in her 80s whose husband was also on the ward.

Eileen said: "I do not have any contact details for her but she sent £10 towards the furniture and a lovely card. I would like to thank her personally for her kind words."

Kewstoke Ward sister Sue Doughty said: "The staff would like to offer their sincere thanks for the kind donation.

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