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Legacy of Redditch woman lives on thanks to nature prints at the Alex

Harry Leach 23rd May, 2019 Updated: 23rd May, 2019

THE legacy of a Redditch woman lives on thanks to the donation of stunning nature prints to the Garden Suite at the Alexandra Hospital.

It’s almost a year since mother of two Sue Heath passed away, aged 58, after a 12-year battle with breast cancer.

Following her initial diagnosis in 2007 Sue was a patient in the Garden Suite and after her cancer returned in 2015 she returned there again for chemotherapy.

Her husband Ray said: “Sue’s specific request was that any money donated in her memory should go to the Garden Suite direct and they could determine what to do with the funds.

“She wanted them to make sure that it went to something that would benefit patients but not to be used for medical equipment.”

The total collected was £1,400, including almost £900 raised by her daughter Emma who ran the Leamington half marathon, but there was also other donations that went direct to the hospital through the League of Friends who co-ordinated all monies donated for the Garden Suite.

“The Garden Suite had our £1,400 which covered the cost of two of the pictures and they requested funding from the League of Friends for the third one,” said Ray.

“By doing this it meant the remaining donations sent in memory of Sue along with some of the other donations received from families and patients linked to the Garden Suite was also utilised for the same project.

“Sue would have really liked the pictures and they definitely help in taking away the clinical aspect of the treatment areas.”

The back of the pictures also carry an inscription in the memory of Sue.

“I worked for Birmingham City Council and managed to get away on early retirement so we did a lot of things together in the years that we had left,” said Ray.


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