During her lifetime, Audrey Griffiths experienced the magic of Alder Hey on two occasions.
Her daughter, Elizabeth, was admitted to Alder Hey as a toddler and successfully overcame a health issue. Years later, Madog, the son of a close family friend was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 2. Madog, now 7, was successfully treated at Alder Hey, and at the time of Audrey’s passing in early 2020, he was ‘out of the woods’ and now attends the hospital for check-ups twice a year.
It was these experiences that influenced Audrey’s decision to leave a gift in her will to Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Elizabeth recalls: “My mother was a remarkable person who is much missed by me and so many others whose lives she touched. She thought carefully about her legacies and wanted to acknowledge the role played by clinicians in Alder Hey in helping not only our family but also in their support of Madog and his family.”
Audrey sadly passed away in February 2020 aged 98, but her legacy lives on in the happy, healthy futures her gift is helping to secure at Alder Hey.
Audrey’s kindness is changing the way our young patients learn to communicate.
Last year, donations, including gifts left in supporters’ wills, went towards an online communication aid for Speech and Language Therapy patients at Alder Hey.
The programme provides support for young patients with varying needs and delivers consistency between the help they receive in school and hospital. This has been so important during recent months and our clinician colleagues are really happy with how this new tool is shaping their work in supporting children and young people.
The programme is providing appropriate, flexible support for the needs of a wide range of patients as well as delivering consistency between the help children receive in school and in hospital. This tool has been so important in ensuring that their care could continue throughout lockdown.
As Emma Burgess, Speech and Language Therapist, explains, “as so many of our children with communication and learning needs benefit from visuals to support their understanding and use of language, this is an invaluable tool for the Speech and Language team”.
Who can I talk to about making a will and leaving a gift to Alder Hey Children's Charity?
Should you have any questions, please do get in touch with our Legacy Manager, Zoe Viney , who will be more than happy to provide any information or reassurance you need.
Email: [email protected]