For Joanne Kane and her family it may have been a Sober October, but it’s now become a December to remember as they handed in 15 brand new TV sets for the patients of Ward 2B to enjoy at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWOSCC) in Glasgow.
Joanne, 42, and her husband Steven, from Stepps noticed some of the shared and private rooms had no television sets when she was admitted to BWOSCC as a secondary cancer patient recently.
She explains: “As a cancer patient myself, I know it can be difficult enough being in hospital and going through some really tough treatments, your mood can get low so you really appreciate any kind of distraction to help pass the time.
“The staff are just wonderful and there is a fantastic Friends of The Beatson Café and treatment area upstairs, but some days you are just physically unable to get out of bed so you need something to keep your spirits up.
“A couple of times during my stay as in-patient in September, I was moved into rooms with no TV. One day a man came into our room asking if there was a spare TV he could borrow for his wife as she was feeling very poorly, but there wasn’t one in my room to lend him and that’s when my husband Steven said ‘we should really do something to help here’, he came up with the idea of donating tellies, which I think will give patients a bit of a boost, especially over Christmas when there’s lots of nice things to watch”.
Joanne adds: “We decided to challenge our family to stay sober for the whole month of October and ask their friends to sponsor them so we could buy what we thought would be a couple of TVs for the ward”.
The family quickly agreed to help and wasted no time in getting the word out and the sponsorship money in. ‘The Kane Crew’ team consisting of husband Steven, brother Michael, sister Nicola and their spouses Gaynor and Warren, managed to raise enough cash to buy 13 TVs, from their local Tesco. Then Tesco very generously donated another 2 sets for free, bringing the grand total to 15!
Handing all the TVs in to the ward, staff nurse Victoria Halliday said: “This is just fantastic. Well done to all of you. These TVs will go a long way towards making some of the patients’ stay in hospital just that little bit more comfortable”.
Team member Gaynor said “We were delighted to help in any way we could, the staff in the hospital are truly fantastic, they do a wonderful job so it’s great to be able to give something back”.
Joanne added “I am absolutely thrilled we managed to get so many and I’m so proud of my family for doing this. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the Kane Crew, now there is a TV for every room, we really are very grateful to each and every one of you”.
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Pic: Staff Nurse Michele Logue (left), Joanne Kane (middle) and Staff Nurse Victoria Halliday