Family fundraises for a cuddle bed in Nick's memory
Family and friends are fundraising £20,000 for a specialised hospital bed in memory of Dominic (Nick) Ryan, who was cared for at St Leonard’s in October this year. The cuddle bed takes up the space of a single bed but it can be made wider so that loved ones can lie with and be close to patients, providing an important part of home life in the Hospice.
Louise, Nick’s wife, along with many family members and friends are arranging a number of marathons, Total Warriors, sponsored slims, table top sales and more to raise the funds needed to buy the bed.
“My husband Nick passed away in October this year of a cancerous brain tumour, it was really difficult because we knew he was really poorly but we didn’t really expect that diagnosis. We decided we had to carry on and enjoy it the best we could with the time we had left together.
“Nick wanted to remain at home so it was a scary time, but when we got to the Hospice they were absolutely amazing. We wanted to be close to each other and that’s how we got to talking about this special type of hospital bed called a cuddle bed.
“When Nick passed away it was difficult, and you want something else to focus on, and it just became a really good, positive outcome that could come from this really difficult situation. We thought maybe we could actually get that cuddle bed for the Hospice in Nick’s memory.”
We are incredibly grateful to the family, friends and supporters of Nick’s fundraiser, as the bed will be provide extra comfort to people using the Hospice in the future.
To donate to the cuddle bed fundraiser: Dominic Ryan – cuddle bed