A room in the UK’s oldest hospice, Trinity Hospice located in Clapham, London, has been formally named in memory of a Galway woman.
Phyllis Craig (née Heneghan ) died in Trinity Hospice on September 6, 2011, aged 69, after a brave fight against ovarian cancer. A native of Forty Acres, Tuam, County Galway, Phyllis moved to London in the mid-1960s where she undertook various nursing and factory jobs. After her passing, her family raised more than £20,000 in support of the work of Trinity Hospice.
Commenting on the naming of the room, Phyllis’ daughter Louise Walsh and son Kevin Craig said: “We are very proud of our mother, of her life, love and achievements. We are grateful to the NHS for all that they did, and we will be forever grateful to the wonderful staff of Trinity Hospice.
“This room naming is a lasting tribute to our mother Phyllis Craig, and we hope that it will also mark both the crucial work of the hospice movement and the contribution of a whole generation of Irish immigrants who came and made their lives in Britain.”
Trinity Hospice only receives a third of its income from the NHS and as its patient and relative services are free it is vital that it maximises income through fundraising and sponsorship.
Trinity Hospice was founded in 1891 by a member of the Hoare banking family. Located in Clapham Common it provides specialist palliative care.