The afternoon of Saturday 9th December saw Susan Leyland, 53, from St Helens get her wish come true.
She longed to have a picnic with her family, particularly her five grandchildren, and have a soft play area for them to play in. To top it all off, she wanted a photograph of the whole family to capture the special memory.
Susan, who was suffering with terminal metastatic ovarian cancer, was admitted to Willowbrook Hospice at the end of November before her ‘bucket list’ dream could become a reality.
Honeyrose Foundation came to the rescue, and, working with hairdresser and make-up artist, Lucy Dean, and SJ’s Leisure Bouncy Castle Hire, a mobile soft play area provider, brought everything together for her.
Lucy gave Susan’s hair a makeover in her room before she went to see that SJ’s Leisure had set up a play area with ball pit, large Connect 4 game and other soft play equipment in one of the Hospice’s communal rooms for the grandchildren.
Both Lucy and SJ’s Leisure, aware of Susan’s condition, provided all their services free of charge.
The final part of the wish was for a family photograph including her mother and father, brothers, children, grandchildren and the in-laws. This was taken by Brian Trevor Connor, one of our volunteers.
As well as the family portrait, Brian put together an album of photographs of the grandchildren having fun in the soft play area and photos of smaller groups with Susan and members of her family.
Lynn Duffy MBE, founder and CEO of HoneyRose Foundation, who attended the picnic said; “This was yet another successful achievement for the Foundation, helping to make Susan’s wish come true and seeing the joy in her face and smile watching her grandchildren having fun in the soft play area.”
“We are truly grateful to Lucy and SJ Leisure for their generosity in helping us in fulfilling this wish.”