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Barry's Gift for St Mary's Hospice


Barry’s Gift

It’s easy to put off getting your paperwork in order, but just imagine how much more difficult and stressful it could be for your family if they were left to sort it all out.

Think about the future... If you die before you make a will, it can make things very difficult for your family, and they could end up with costly legal fees.Getting things sorted out now need not be expensive or time-consuming, and it can make things so much easier for your loved ones.

Your loved ones... We understand your family is the most important thing to you - and we know that ensuring they are provided for is your absolute priority.By making a will, you can thoughtfully ensure that your money and possessions go to those people you love after your death.

Your legacy …
Knowing your family is provided for will give you peace of mind – but you can also make a difference to the lives of many more people in our community by considering a gift to St Mary’s Hospice.By leaving a gift in your will to St Mary’s Hospice - however big or small - you will be helping others when they need it most and will leave a lasting reminder of your support for our work.

St Mary’s couldn’t provide the care we do without your help. It’s the kindness and compassion of people who’ve left money in their Wills – people like Barry - which allows the hospice to be there for our community.Please read Barry’s story, which his family has kindly agreed to share.

Barry’s story …

Barry Robinson was born on Christmas Eve, 1940 in Barrow-in-Furness. Barry was a much loved Son, Dad and a wonderful Grandad to the 'young ladies,' as well as highly regarded by his friends throughout his life. Barry packed lots in to his life loved travelling, entertaining as ‘Barry Black’ on the club scene, and was a lifelong train enthusiast, his family and friendships meant the world to him. Barry had a heart of gold, giving other gifts to those who helped him. For example, Barry was a huge supporter of Barrow Football Club, as was his friend who could not afford a season ticket, so Barry purchased one for him.

Barry first experienced the special work at St Mary's when his close friend Bill was cared for by our “exceptional staff”; he admired and greatly appreciated the support they provided and at this point Barry was so keen to ensure more patients and their families could have this high level of care and support that he organised a gift in his will for St Mary’s Hospice.

Barry’s own battle with cancer was courageous, dignified and inspirational. Barry was open about one day needing the care and expertise of St Mary’s. When this day came we provided a place of peace and comfort, where Barry received physical, social, spiritual and emotional medical care, tailored to his needs. Barry’s symptoms of pain, nausea and anxiety were eased so that we could focus on his care and he could enjoy the wonderful home-made meals, and spend quality time in the company of his beloved family.

Thank you to Barry for your generous gift. In the last year legacy gifts provided nearly three months of care to local people. Your gift can make sure that St Mary’s will be there for the people in our community.

To further show his support for the hospice, Barry requested that his furniture be sent to the Hospice Furniture Shop in Barrow to raise funds. Barry's family also continued his generosity by requesting donations from Barry's funeral to go to the Hospice, and as a lasting memorial of Barry they have purchased a leaf to be displayed on the Memory Tree outside the Hospice. Barry’s family have also joined our Hospice Lottery – which is a quickly and easy way to support us by raising essential funds for our “exceptional services.” Thank you to Barry’s family for sharing his story.

For more information on gifts in wills please contact Geoff Steele on 01229 580305 or

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