A Moorlands woman, who lost her uncle to Covid-19, has taken on an energetic challenge to raise funds for devices so that patients in hospital can keep in touch with their families. Emma Morris, who lives in Cheadle, lost her uncle Greg Hand to Covid-19 in January. She has set herself a challenge to run a total of 28 miles this month, all in a bid to raise funds, in her uncle’s memory, to purchase iPads for the Covid Ward at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
A Moorlands woman, who lost her uncle to Covid-19, has taken on an energetic challenge to raise funds for devices so that patients in hospital can keep in touch with their families.
Emma Morris, who lives in Cheadle, lost her uncle Greg Hand to Covid-19 in January. She has set herself a challenge to run a total of 28 miles this month, all in a bid to raise funds, in her uncle’s memory, to purchase iPads for the Covid Ward at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Emma said: “During these hard times, I feel absolutely helpless not being able to comfort my aunty and cousin, as restrictions are keeping us apart.
“And one thing they need is family by their side, the same way they were by ours when we lost my dad (Greg’s brother).
“They were our rock, and I want to be theirs.
“So if I can help them in anyway, it will be the way they found comfort when Uncle Greg was in the hospital, as I know they would want the same for other families.”
Emma further said of her uncle: “My Uncle Greg was a machine in my eyes. From when I can remember up until now he was so muscular, and strong. He loved to work out and look after his body.
“He’s the fittest 62-year-old I know. And I had no doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t beat this awful virus, but unfortunately it surprised us all.
“He held a soft spot in my heart, he brought me comfort in many ways when losing my dad, which he never knew, just by looking at him, and hearing his voice.
“He had so much passion for music and his voice when singing is absolutely beautiful.”
As for why she has decided to raise money for iPads for the Covid ward at the city hospital, Emma said: “My aunty mentioned to my mum that the patients in the ICU Covid ward have access to iPads, so they can keep in touch with their families, which is so comforting both ends.
“I know they are limited to devices, and I would love to provide another to the ward, so they can spend more time talking to their family.
“This form of contact is crucial in times like this, this is the only way to hold your family members hand.
“So if you could imagine the comfort this brings to families, when they are able to video call their loved ones, and the strength it gives to the patient, it’s just indescribable.”
As of yesterday (Tuesday, February 16), Emma had raised, through her Go Fund Me Page, £1,250 of her £1,500 target.
Anyone wishing to donate to Emma’s cause can do so by going online to www.gofundme.com/f/ipad-for-covid-ward-in-memory-of-greg-hand.
We are the only family run, independent newspaper and magazine business in Staffordshire, established 1896. We are home to three weekly newspapers – The Cheadle and Tean Times (aka The Stunner), The Uttoxeter Echo and The Leek & Moorlands Echo.
We also produce Peeps into the Past, a bi-monthly nostalgic glimpse into our photographic archives, and three bi-monthly glossy lifestyle magazines – Stone and Eccleshall Life, Leek Life and Newcastle Life.
T. 01538 752214 or 753162
18 Tape Street, Cheadle, Staffs ST10 1BD
5 Church Street, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 8AG
(Uttoxeter Office is a postal address only)
Other useful contacts:
CURRENT OPENING TIMES
Mon & Tues 9am-11am