The King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity has received a £1,000 donation from Romford Golf Club. It was raised at a charity event to honour late bar steward Maureen O’Dwyer, organised by her family.
Maureen, 72, died of breast cancer in early 2016. She was cared for on Mandarin B ward at Queen’s Hospital.
It’s not the first time our ward has benefitted from a donation in Maureen’s memory, her family, including daughters Mikki Gould and Mandi Hewitt, visited our hospital in April 2016 to present a £500 donation to the ward, in thanks for the great care their mum received.
Maureen ran the bar at Romford Golf Club, Heath Road, for more than 30 years, and also lived there with husband John, who has taken over running the bar.
Members wanted to do something in memory of the much-loved mum and grandmother, so held a comedy night earlier this year. Some of the money raised was donated to Cancer Research UK, while the £800 raised for the hospital ward was topped up to £1,000 by Michael Miles, club captain.
Maureen’s daughter Mikki, 43, of Princes Road, Romford, said: “The golf club members truly loved mum and she is greatly missed so we were really pleased that they managed to raise so much money in her memory.
“It gave us great pleasure to donate this money to the ward. The nurses, doctors and other staff work extremely hard under an enormous amount of pressure and we a very grateful. Thank you to everyone who looked after mum so well. Hopefully we can raise some more money for the hospital in the not too distant future.”
The family has been raising money for cancer charities since Maureen was first diagnosed in 1995. All funds donated to our charity will be spent on improvements to benefit future patients on Mandarin B ward.
Pictured is Maureen’s daughter Mikki Gould, Michael Miles, club captain and Maureen’s husband John (centre: left to right), presenting the cheque to staff on the ward.