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    Weʼve raised £7,905 to Purchase tablets or IPads for hospital isolation units. To enable patients to be with their loved ones. In memory of my Dad - James Spalding

    Bristol/Cornwall
    Funded on Saturday, 22nd August 2020

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    In March this year my Dad was admitted to hospital after having a reaction to treatment he was having for skin cancer. Unfortunately while in hospital he contracted COVID 19. During his admission, neither my step mum or myself could visit. Dad was a technophobe and broke the very basic phone he had, this left us pestering the ever patient staff for regular updates on his progress.

    His entire admission I pleaded with staff to let me come to the ward, see him and help care for him, they are under strict guidance that would not allow visitors, and they all managed my distress with care and compassion.

    When dad was moved to the isolation unit, they informed me they had recently purchased an IPad and suggested that we Skype. To be able to see him, for him to see me and his grandchildren was something incredibly special. The technology also enabled me to be present for the last 6 hours of his life. Although I couldn't hold his hand, I could play him music and reassure him when he needed it. I will never know the impact or comfort this offered Dad, but I know it will offer me comfort in years to come.

    Being a nurse I struggled with the distance and not being able to physically care for my Dad in his last weeks but could have been made so much worse if I couldn't have been there for the last hours.

    Therefore I want to make sure all families have the opportunity I had, so am raising money to purchase an additional iPad or tablet for the unit.

    Myself, Adam (My husband) and Paul (My Brother) are going to cycle from Bristol Suspension Bridge to Tywardreadth in Cornwall (Dads Cottage). We are aiming to complete this at the end of May, but if lockdown does not permit we will all cycle the 162 miles locally (this is small fry for Paul, but I am only used to a 9 mile commute to work!)

    It may take us a few days but every mile we will be doing in honour of my Dad, the Cornish legend.

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    • Aimee Hilton1 year ago
      Aimee Hilton

      Aimee Hilton

      1 year ago

      We did it. Total 176 miles over 3 days of cycling🚴🏻‍♀️ A climb totalling 13,000 feet⛰ Not a drop of rain 🌞 A total of 21 iPads bought and delivered thanks to your generous donations. Ironically dad hated technology and couldn’t work a smart phone so this would have been lost on him, but having the tech available meant I could be there. Now, thanks to you all, families across the southwest will get to be there with their loved ones, not just for this Covid time, but when families are far away and can’t get there. Thank you 🙏 Aimee x

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    • Aimee Hilton1 year ago
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      Aimee Hilton

      1 year ago

      Tomorrow will be Day 1, Not much going for us We are a man down Lock down hasn’t eased as much as we had hoped. It’s going to be wet. It’s going to be hard However I now have enough for 3 more iPads and places that they are needed Thanks to #mum&bear we have some awesome tops, her smalls paid for the printing to help the cause ! Little 💎 My padded shorts arrived this morning (nothing like cutting it fine) And I have enough chub rub to see me through to Cornwall. #cycleforcaptainjim

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    • Aimee Hilton2 years ago
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      Aimee Hilton

      2 years ago

      Lovely to see them arriving and already in use! 2 more sent out today making a total of 19 delivered. We are now in the process of planning the ride. Booked in for the 13th June. Will keep you posted with updates and photos on route.

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    Supporters

    361

    • Lesley Roberts

      Lesley Roberts

      Jul 15, 2020

      Keep up the great work

      £45.00

    • Dave Carr

      Dave Carr

      Jun 28, 2020

      £10.00

    • Heidi B.

      Heidi B.

      Jun 27, 2020

      This is so lovely Aimee, thank you xx

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 27, 2020

      Great idea to do this. So sorry for your loss.

    • Sarah King

      Sarah King

      Jun 26, 2020

      Your dad would be so proud of you, as we all are. Such a selfless thing to do during a very tough time. Lots of love from us all xxx

      £20.00

    • Beth Newbury

      Beth Newbury

      Jun 26, 2020

      Well done on completing the epic bike ride and raising so much money for such a worthy cause. Ur amazing Xxx

      £10.00

    • Siâny D

      Siâny D

      Jun 26, 2020

      Aimee - you are a superwoman! That pretty much sums it up. Just sorry I can’t donate more to such an amazing cause, off the back of such a terrible tragedy. Love you lady xx

      £20.00

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