Generous Rik makes big donation to Prospect Hospice



We were delighted earlier this month to welcome retired Royal Air Force officer Rik Hunter to the hospice, where he generously presented members of our fundraising team with a donation for £10,000. Rik made the donation, towards the cost of specialist equipment to support patients we care for in future, as a gesture of thanks for the care that we gave for both his wife and son, who both died within a year of each other.

Rik, from Wroughton, has suffered the devastating loss of both his wife of 46 years, Hazel, and son, Adrian in the last 14 months, but he was so appreciative that we could offer a bed on its in-patient unit for both family members when they needed our help that he gave the sum in the hope that others will be able to benefit from the charity’s support in the years ahead. He has specifically asked that the sum is put towards equipment in support of future patient care at the hospice in Wroughton.

"I was so grateful and so impressed by the staff at Prospect Hospice, not just for the care that they gave to both Hazel and Adrian, but also for the support that they have given me, and still continue to give me now through their bereavement team," says Rik.

Sheryl Crouch, head of fundraising at Prospect Hospice, said: "Rik’s gift is an incredibly generous one, and we are hugely appreciative of his generosity towards Prospect Hospice. It seems very fitting that he has wanted his donation to go towards specific items that will benefit future Prospect Hospice patients, and we thank Rik on their behalf too."

Photo L-R: Prospect Hospice Trusts Fundraiser Tim Atkinson, Bereavement Care Service Coordinator Lucinda Gomiciaga, Rik Hunter, Challenges Fundraiser Louise Brooks and Database Administration Manager Linda Heap.