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£28,000 donation to Dr Kershaw’s in loving memory of hospice care
Monday 7th January 2019 @ 17:23 by Tom Greggan
Mossley & Saddleworth News Oldham Tameside

Two proud nephews have honoured a family pledge to support a local hospice by presenting its nursing team with a cheque for £28,000.

The giant cheque is a legacy from their aunt, Mossley-born Margaret Broadbent, who died earlier last year at the age of 85. Margaret kindly left behind the magnificent sum in memory of the care her beloved husband had received at the hospice.

She had worked as a clerk with Tameside Council and married her husband, millworker Percy in 1968. The couple, who had no children, were married for 35 years before Percy sadly died in 2003. He received loving care at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham, something that Margaret was never to forget, as her testament revealed.

Margaret, who moved to Greenfield, remained active herself until a hip replacement and then a stroke, either side of the turn of last year, hindered her movement.

Margaret’s nephews – the Rev Mark Bates, who lives in Bolton, and his brother Alan, who travelled up from his home in Weymouth, met up with Hospice Chief Executive Joanne Sloan to deliver the significant donation.

“Our uncle Percy spent the last ten years of his life in a wheelchair and the care he received from the nurses at Dr Kershaw’s towards the end of his life was never forgotten by Margaret,” explained Alan.

The Rev Bates said the family were very proud that Margaret had chosen to support such a worthy cause as the hospice and he wished the team well in delivering the new-build project at its Royton base during its 30th anniversary year.

Joanne added: “This is an incredibly generous legacy and we will endeavour to deliver the very best care.”