Chester family donates artwork to the Countess in memory of father
A Chester family have donated pieces of artwork to the Countess of Chester Hospital to mark the one-year anniversary of a loved one’s passing.
Lynn Cross, whose husband John died of a brain haemorrhage on 24 November last year, has given two paintings to the renal unit at the hospital where he received regular dialysis for nine years.
“We wanted to give something back to the patients because John spent so long here,” she said. “Once we were given donations at the funeral we contacted the ward to see what we could do because we get a lot of comfort from coming here.”
The detailed paintings depict the views the Cross family enjoyed on regular holidays at their caravan in Porthmadog, Wales.
“We went there most weekends and we’ve walked on those beaches many times so they’re very personal to us, but hopefully patients and staff will enjoy looking at them as well,” Lynn added.
Lynn, who works closely with local charity Chester Kidney Fundraisers, personally wrote a message on a plaque which is part of the tribute to her husband.
It reads: “A place where special and happy memories were made and where footprints were left in the sand. In loving memory of John Gary Cross, loved and missed every day to the moon and back.”
Having spent so much time at the hospital, John forged close relationships with many of the staff on the renal unit and his fellow patients.
“Our staff can form very close bonds with the patients because they are seeing them a minimum of three times a week,” dialysis unit manager Elizabeth Critchley said. “John was a lovely man and we’re so touched that his family chose to make this incredible gesture in his memory.”
Earlier this year renal dialysis nurse Nicola Lee was inspired to complete the Chester Half Marathon in John’s memory.
When Nichola first started running it was John’s advice, having been a runner himself, which inspired her. She ended up raising £460 for Kidney Research UK.
“When I started running he used to talk to me about when he did marathons and those conversations inspired me to work harder and look to raise money,” Nicola said at the time. “It was a shock to all of us when he passed away and I just thought it would be nice to run the race in his name and increase awareness at the same time.”
:: Chester Kidney Fundraisers have also passed on a donation for £4,000 to the hospital via Lynn which is going to be used for new equipment for the renal unit.