I just want to thank staff for caring for mum

Grace Ross and her friend Caz Shaw
Grace Ross and her friend Caz Shaw

A Kirkcaldy woman is setting up a special charity to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

Grace Ross is creating a charitable foundation, Sarah’s Wish, in memory of her mum Sarah Studders who died from a rare form of skin cancer.

Sarah (88) was being treated for cancer at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee when she developed an infection and passed away in August.

Now, as a thank you to staff for all the support they gave her family, Grace wants to help improve the facilities in Ward 32 where her mum was a patient, by organising various events including a sponsored head shave.

She said: “During my mum’s last few days most of the family were at her side and the nursing staff were fantastic.

“We were never made to feel in the way and we were offered a chance to talk if we needed it, a bed to sleep in, a shower and a television for which we are forever grateful.

“But with a good cash boost the basic facilities provided in the relatives room could be vastly improved with padded chairs, better sofa beds, blankets, toiletries etc. I just want to raise money to give the families some comfort.”

Grace initally planned to raise enough money to buy some padded chairs, but now she hopes to build up the charity and continue the work she has started by helping to support other hospital wards across Tayside and Fife.

The first fundraising event will be a ladies’ Christmas shopping event taking place tomorrow (Friday) in Linton Lane Centre, Kirkcaldy from 7.00 p.m until late.

There will be stalls selling jewellery, handbags, scarves, handmade items and a raffle. Admission to the event is £1.

But the biggest event will be in Milnathort Town Hall on December 22, on Grace’s mum’s birthday.

As well as stalls selling various items, Grace plans to have all her hair shaved off.

She said: “If mum was still with us, having survived her treatment, I am sure she would have wished to repay the kindness we were shown by the hospital staff.

‘‘That was the kind of person she was, so I will do it as her wish.”

Grace hopes that the funds collected from these events will help pay for the chairs in ward 32.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Grace’s fundraising events or who would like to make a donation, should search for ‘Sarah’s Wish Xx’ on Facebook.