As well as working for North Lincolnshire Council for 18 years, Hazel Collingwood was a well-known and much respected figure around her home town for generously volunteering her time to support a number of community activities, including the gardening club and the Girl Guides.
Supported by husband Peter and daughters Alex and Chantal, Hazel set about fundraising while she was a patient at Lindsey Lodge Hospice to say thank you for the care she was receiving. The family’s fundraising total was already over the £1,000 mark when Hazel passed away in April.
Peter said: “We wanted to raise enough money to buy a large screen smart TV with a stand on wheels, which Hazel would have really benefited from while she was at the Hospice. She had trouble seeing the wall mounted TV in her room and the staff did their best to move the television around for her to view it properly, so we hope this will help partially sighted patients in the future.”
Thanks to the crafting skills of Alex’s good friend Kirsty Crawford, Hazel’s favourite flower has also helped to raise money for the Hospice.
Alex said: “Mum always loved sunflowers, so Kirsty created a beautiful crocheted sunflower brooch for us to sell. Each one took over half an hour to make, but with the help of lots of lovely friends she made sure we had hundreds.”
She added: “We had a sea of yellow at her funeral as so many people gave donations to wear the brooches – and thanks to North Lincolnshire Council – we’ve been able to sell them at the Civic Centre and Church Square.”
Hazel sadly passed away before she was able to receive an award from Winterton Town Council recognising her contribution to voluntary work within the community, but at the awards ceremony the Council generously donated prizes for a raffle and held a collection, to support the family’s fundraising efforts.
Peter said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family and the local community for their donations for the sunflowers and in response to a Just Giving page set up by Chantal for her 20th birthday. We’re also very grateful to Winterton Town Council for their support – Hazel would have been extremely proud of what we’ve all achieved.”
Peter, Chantal and Alex, accompanied by Alex’s 17 month old daughter Bella, visited the Hospice’s Burringham Road site to deliver the television and donate the money they have raised.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice Chief Executive Karen Griffiths said: “We are extremely grateful to the Collingwood family for choosing to support Lindsey Lodge during what is still a very difficult time for them.
“Hazel was a very special person, who was obviously much loved and respected by her friends, family and colleagues. This television donation and the funds raised are a lasting legacy to her, which will bring comfort to Lindsey Lodge Hospice patients now and in the future.”