NIGHTINGALE House is to receive a £10,000 gift in memory of a much-loved young mum whose life was cut short by cancer.
The family of Bethan Williams, from Cynwyd, near Corwen, were devastated when she passed away seven years ago at Nightingale House in Wrexham.
But they will always be grateful for the “wonderful” care she was given by hospice staff.
Bethan, 30, left behind her husband Wayne and two daughters, Ffion, now 20, and Manon, 15.
Wayne, 41, is a quality control technician at Ifor Williams Trailers who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.
To mark the historic milestone, the company is giving a series of five £10,000 donations to good causes.
They decided Nightingale House should be one of the recipients as a tribute to Bethan’s bravery and the wonderful care she received.
Nightingale House Hospice provides specialist palliative care services for free.
Only 18% of its income comes from Government sources – the rest has to be found by the hospice itself.
Bethan, described by family and friends as a “bundle of energy”, worked as a secretary at Llysfasi College and played for the Ruthin women’s rugby team.
Manon said: “She was a wonderful mum, the best” and Wayne added: “She was full of life, always on the go and really enjoyed playing rugby.
“She was never angry, never sad, she was always happy – and she never took no for an answer. She was brave from the beginning when she became ill until she passed away.
“She fell ill in January, and passed away on March 14. She had moles on her body which were removed but one of them turned cancerous, in the form of a malignant melanoma.
“She went into the Maelor Hospital first and the doctors did everything they could. The care in Nightingale House was brilliant. They went out of their way to make things easier for me and the children. Nothing was too much trouble.
“She would stay there overnight and they’d wake her up in the morning with a smile and a cup of tea.
“When we had our wedding anniversary they even brought us a cake. There was always someone to talk to there – the care Bethan received was wonderful.”
“Bethan wasn’t keen on going to a hospice to start with, because a hospice was final.
“But after going there, she knew it was the best place and they could treat physical and mental pain.
“You could ask any question and they told you the truth. We all appreciated that. The care didn’t end after Bethan passed away, they’re still there if we need them. They’ve got counsellors to come out to talk with the children and there’s counselling available for close family.”