STAFF from the Blood Clinic at Noble’s Hospital have unveiled a seat in memory of their former colleague Katie Edge.
The seat commemorates the life of former phlebotomist Katie, who passed away suddenly in December 2010 aged just 27, after suffering a brain haemorrhage and being rushed from her Douglas home for treatment in Walton Hospital in Liverpool.
Staff at the Blood Clinic raised money to purchase and install the bench, which is in the Millenium Oakwood, on the grounds of Noble’s Hospital in Braddan, opposite the Keyll Darree training centre.
Among the fundraising team were Noreen Latta, Lesley Jones, Elaine Brown, Kathryn Nash and Elaine Whelan.
During the dedication, colleagues and friends shared their memories of Katie.
Phlebotomy supervisor Lesley Jones said: ‘Katie will always be remembered as a beautiful, bubbly ray of sunshine that brightened up the day, and her colleagues in the Blood Clinic wanted to have a memory of Katie for all to share.
The Millennium Oakwood is a beautiful surrounding that will be there for generations to come.
Colleagues very much like the thought that they’ll be able to visit the wood and sit on the bench during lunchtimes.’
As well as raising money for a bench, other fundraising in Katie’s name by colleagues, friends and family, resulted in donations to the Manx Stroke Foundation totalling over £13,000, funding three specialist chairs for the Community Occupational Therapy Service which were presented earlier this year.
The chairs are loaned via the Department of Health’s Independent Living Centre, so that those whose stroke means that they cannot sit safely in a chair aren’t confined to bed.
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