HOSPITAL staff have been overwhelmed by a special donation in memory of a Porthcawl teacher.
Staff from Y Bwthyn Newydd at the Princess of Wales Hospital were delighted by a £8,161 donation in memory of Jude Rosenfeld.
Jude, aged 42, from Coychurch Road, Bridgend, was a teacher at West Park Primary School in Porthcawl for 11 years and passed away at Y Bwthyn Newydd in 2012.
Family, friends and work colleagues were so grateful for the care, treatment and support she received, that they held various charity events to raise money for the unit.
One fundraising event saw Jude’s partner Matt Godby raise money by taking on his first Three Peaks Challenge.
Along with friends and family he completed the event but said “no pain, no gain, but never again”.
Mr Godby said: “I spent three and half weeks with Jude in Y Bwthyn Newydd.
“She was cared for exceptionally well, staff were always on hand and nothing was too much trouble.
“At the time we were at the centre there was no access to wifi and we both missed not being able to use iPads.
“Such simple normality is very important at such an incredibly difficult time and would have really added to Jude’s quality of life.
“I’m passionate that the money will be spent on providing iPads and tablets so that other patients will be able to have access to the outside world, family and friends.”
A hugely successful and emotional benefit concert was also held in All Saints Church, Porthcawl, where children from West Park Primary School, along with friends performed songs and brought together two of Jude’s passions, music and children.
Macmillan lead nurse specialist palliative care at Y Bwthyn Newydd, Ann Brennan, said: “We are so grateful for this generous donation and want to say a huge thank you to all the friends, family and colleagues who have taken the time and effort to arrange the fundraising events.
“Donations like this allow us to add a little bit extra to the service and facilities that we already provide.
“I think it’s a great idea to use the money to buy iPads for the unit.
“In October last year free wi-fi was launched across the hospital sites, and has proved hugely successful.
“Keeping in touch with loved ones and the outside world does make a big difference to patients and families.”
Y Bwthyn Newydd provides specialist palliative care for patients with life-limiting diseases.
It has an inpatient ward and a day centre. It’s also a base for the hospital and community specialist palliative care teams.