6 Nov 2020 Community
Morrisons Foundation generously donate in memory of former colleague
Our Support & Therapy Centre is a vital part of The Kirkwood and we are delighted to be awarded a £21,149 grant from the Morrisons Foundation to renovate the space, in memory of Tony Marsh.
The Morrisons Foundation, a charity created by the well-known supermarket chain to support local communities, has recently awarded us with a £21,149 grant in memory of their much-loved former Morrisons colleague, Tony Marsh, who received our care back in 2014.
Tony, who was a former Morrisons manager at the store’s Head Office in Bradford, received specialist palliative care from our teams when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011. Tony sadly died in 2014, and ever since then his wife Jeanette continued to receive support from our Family Care Team and regularly organised ‘The Annual Anthony Marsh Christmas Tribute Trail’ in Tony's memory.
Jeanette and Tony
Jeanette said: “I am so very proud of my husband, Tony, and that Morrisons have chosen to remember him in this way. The Kirkwood supported us in so many different ways and this donation from the Morrisons Foundation will help The Kirkwood to continue to help and support many others when they most need it. I can’t thank Morrisons and The Kirkwood enough.”
The Support and Therapy Team help people affected by life limiting illnesses in lots of ways, offering a range of services including Drop-In days, emotional support and advice sessions as well as courses which help people to manage the symptoms of their condition and improve quality of life.
The amazing donation will be used to completely redecorate and refurbish the centre so that the team can continue providing expert care in a calm and relaxing setting.
Beverley Shaw, Fundraising Manager at The Kirkwood, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their amazing generosity. Without the support of our local community, and companies like Morrisons, we simply wouldn't be able to care for local people when they need us most. We are proud that team at Morrisons are part of The Kirkwood movement, and that they too believe people affected by life-limiting illnesses deserve the very best care as they approach the end of life.”
Jeannette, granddaughter Daisy, Morrisons Community Champion Debbie Creaser and colleague, Kirkwood Sister Sonia Tyndall and Fundraising Manager Beverley Shaw
Beverley added: “Right now, we know over 3,000 people in Kirklees are living with an illness from which they will not recover, but many people don’t reach out for our support soon enough – if at all. In the future we want more people to reach out for our care. The help of supporters like the Morrisons Foundation will help us to care for more people than ever before.”
Debbie Creaser, Community Champion from the Huddersfield store presented the donation to Beverley and Jeanette in The Kirkwood gardens in Huddersfield. Debbie said: “Helping charities within our local communities is at the heart of what the Foundation is all about. I am delighted that we have been able to provide this donation to The Kirkwood, which will make a huge difference to their activities for many years to come.”
Adrian Horsley, Morrisons Foundation Advisor based at the supermarket’s head office in Bradford added: “We would like to thank the specialist nurses and staff at the charity for their dedication to helping patients and families from our region and surrounding areas. The Foundation Trustees and I are very proud that we have been able to support The Kirkwood’s vital work to provide end of life care to families in our community.”
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