A FAMILY coming to terms with the death of a wife and mother have raised money to donate much-needed equipment to the nurses who cared for her.
Tejinder Soor, 54, of St Anselm’s Road, Hayes, wanted to say thank you to the district nurses who cared for his wife Surinder, 53, before she died from cancer at their home earlier this year.
“We didn’t want flowers because they would have gone to waste, so we asked people to give money to charity instead,” he said.
“My wife was critically ill and she was at home right up until she died. The district nurses looked after her until she passed away.
“To me, they are all angels.”
Mr Soor and his two sons Navjot, 23, and Manvir, 20, set out to raise money to buy items for the nurses at Minet Clinic in Avondale Drive, Hayes.
With a £300 donation from Minet Junior School, also in Avondale Drive, where Surinder worked as a teaching assistant, the family went on to raise £970.
“I called up the clinic and they said we can’t accept donations, but they gave me a link to a website of equipment that would really help them,” Mr Soor said.
“Because of funding cuts, they are really struggling. When they would come over they had to bring all of their kit with them in a rucksack.
“They aren’t just nurses. They act as counsellors as well. They really helped us as a family to come to terms with the illness and to get through it.
“I said ‘What is it that you require and we will buy it?’”
The money bought nine new nurse’s bags and two mini-fridges to store medicine and blood in case of emergencies.
Mr Soor went to the clinic with his sons, his mother and Steve Foot, headteacher of the school, to hand over the new equipment.
Mr Soor said the nurses were overjoyed, adding: “We just wanted to say thank you to all the people who helped us raise money and helped us to give back to the nurses.”
Mr Foot said: “I went down there on the donation day, and said if the school can make it an ongoing thing that we raise money for the clinic then that would be great.
“I think it’s better to help smaller charities closer to home, because often they are in greater need of help.
“It is a lovely thing that the family has done for the clinic. Surinder was a teaching assistant here and it was a very sad loss.”
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