Family meet intensive care unit staff
The family of the late Pauline Brown, a former nurse who worked at the Cumberland Infirmary, met staff at the intensive care unit yesterday to discuss how the funds they raised would be spent.
Pauline sadly died in November 2022, and because she had already discussed with her family that she wanted to be an organ donor, she was able to donate a liver, kidneys and corneal tissue continuing to save lives even after her death. Her family are now raising awareness of the importance of people registering their decision and having a discussion with their family.
During organ donation week, they raised £4766.18, which was split between the blood bikes and ICU. They raised the funds through a series of events including quiz nights, bingo and music.
Pauline’s husband Paul, and children Kerry, Vikki and Gavin spoke to staff including Dr Mark Holliday, who is the clinical lead for organ donation on how the money was going to be spent. £2,383 was raised in total and the team would like to place a bench in the hospital grounds in memory of Pauline recognising the gift of life that she gave to four other people. They also plan to buy a sensory lamp for the relatives room, a book case with a selection of books for relatives, decorate the visitors room and provide some wall art.
The family were very happy with the plans for how the money would be spent and Pauline’s daughter Vikki McGregor said, “I didn’t expect such a detailed wonderful way to spend the money and in memory of mam. We are overwhelmed.”
You can read Pauline’s full story on our website.
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