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Family of East Yorkshire mum who was 'inspiration' and 'fighter' fulfil dying wish

Hull Live 09/09/2022 Rahima Miah

The family of a Bridlington mum have carried out her dying wish of helping to raise money for the hospital where she was being cared for.

Lisa Howarth was diagnosed with cancer on April 26, 2021, and sadly passed away on February 3. Shortly before she died, she expressed a wish to raise money to provide Ward 31 at the Queen’s Centre, Castle Hill Hospital with TVs for patients.

Her wish has now been fulfilled as more than a dozen TVs have been donated for patients at the hospital. Also, Lisa’s family members and friends challenged themselves to cover 284 miles each on foot, bike or swimming over April 2022 to represent the days Lisa spent fighting cancer.

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Grace Pugh, the girlfriend of Lisa’s youngest son James Howarth, said: “Lisa initially said to us, it would be great if we could organise some fundraising to buy a new TV or two for the ward, from that moment the seed was sown. We have received huge support throughout our fundraising, and as a result of the generosity of everyone who has supported us, we raised enough funds to donate 19 TVs to wards 31 and 29 at Castle Hill Hospital.

“We would like to thank everyone that donated, supported and shared our challenge in Lisa’s memory. The 19 TVs donated are all in honour of Lisa Howarth, she’s our true inspiration, fighter, incredible Mum, Wife and Grandma. Her legacy will live on and many people will benefit and enjoy the TVs donated all in her memory.”

Lisa’s two sons, Robert, James and his girlfriend Grace, concluded the last 25 miles of their challenge taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks on April 30. Robert’s friends Rebecca Kane, Deepa Ahir and Kerry Gilbert, also got involved in the challenge as a team, taking on the 284 miles between them.

Lisa's family and friends at the Yorkshire Three Peaks © Family of Lisa Howarth Lisa's family and friends at the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Lisa Hartley, the senior matron at the Queen’s Centre, added: “I would like to sincerely thank Lisa’s family and everyone who supported them in making Lisa’s wish a reality. The TVs donated will make such an incredible difference to the patents we look after for on our wards whilst receiving care.”

Lisa Haworth, mum-of-five, passed away when she was 52. She moved to Bridlington about five or six years ago from Holmfirth to escape to the seaside according to Grace.

Grace also said that Ronnie, Lisa’s dog, 12, was the “light of her life” and her husband Laurence would take Ronnie for 284 walks to the end of the road and back. This was his way to support Grace’s family’s 284 miles challenge.

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