Marathon in nana’s memory

John-Paul Lambert
John-Paul Lambert

Lancaster patients are now benefitting from the fundraising efforts of a former patient’s grandson.

John-Paul Lambert ran the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to benefit the work of the Gillow District Nurses in Lancaster, to thank them for the care they gave his grandmother.

He said: “Me and my family can’t express enough thanks and gratitude for the fantastic work the Gillow District Nurses did for my nana, Maureen Deehan. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness my nana wanted to end her days in the family home she loved so her GP arranged daily nursing care. They came into our lives at a most traumatic time and yet they somehow managed to ease all our worries and help my nana get the most out of her final months.

“They visited everyday including Christmas and as well as treating her medical conditions, they laughed and cried with her through her struggles with the illness.

“She got to look forward to them coming, knew each of them by name and enjoyed chatting and hearing about their lives and families. They were like part of her extended family. By the time she passed away we were honoured that two nurses who had visited more regularly attended her funeral. Not just these two nurses but the whole Gillow team did a fantastic job in providing nursing care but also treating my nana with courtesy and helping her keep her dignity throughout her illness.”

Head of fundraising, Kathy Ancell, said: “Thank you very much to JP for taking on such a fantastic challenge for our charity and thank you to everyone who supported him. The money has been used to buy digital cameras which form part of the management of wounds and leg ulcers which follows NICE guidelines. They will have a great impact on the care that patients receive.”