A football tournament and a quiz night organised by the family of a Highworth man recently cared for at Prospect Hospice has brought a boost of more than £2000 in thanks for the care he received there.
Seventy year old Len Cheesley spent the last four weeks at the end of his life in the In-patient Unit of the hospice, and the care he had has inspired his family to raise funds to say a big ‘thank you’, just weeks after Len passed away.
Pam Cheesley, Len’s daughter in law, says the family began organising their tribute very soon after his funeral had taken place: “Alan, my husband, felt ready to express the family’s appreciation of the care his dad was given, and soon after the funeral we put our heads together as a family and organised a friendly football tournament at the Pavilion in Highworth for different age groups. Our son Sam played in the Under12s tournament, and his granddad would’ve been very proud.”
The tournament was followed by an auction of items donated by local businesses in the Highworth area, and the following evening the Pavilion also hosted a quiz night, bringing the total raised to more than £1700, which has since been given a further boost with a £750 donation from Pam’s employer Barclays Bank as part of its community investment programme.
Mark Smith, Prospect’s Director of Fundraising, was recently presented with a cheque from the family, and said: “We are very appreciative that Alan, Pam and the Cheesley family wanted to raise funds for Prospect Hospice in thanks for Len’s care. Events like this are essential to raise the £3m Prospect needs each year to provide our care and services.”