Family transforms Hospice gardens into zoo for Rotherham Hospice patient's wish
When Pauline Spencer came to stay at the charity, her one wish was to take her relatives on a day out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Unfortunately, she was not well enough — but her family set up a secret “Zoo Crew” chat group on their phones to make her wish come true in another way...
Her children, grandchildren and friends got involved — and transformed the hospice’s Broom Road gardens into an animal wonderland, complete with zookeeper, polar bear, zebra, monkey, panda, snake and butterflies.
There was a surprise around every corner as Pauline toured the gardens, followed by a picnic for the whole family.
She said: “I was very emotional and overwhelmed, that everyone did this for me.”
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Daughter-in-law Katie added: “It’s been a special day our family will always remember.”
Relatives admitted that were initially hesitant about Pauline going to the hospice inpatient unit.
Son Gavin said: “I thought it would be very clinical, and it would be difficult for us all to visit with the kids.
“But actually, the Hospice is a welcoming and peaceful place. And we’ve been able to make mum’s wish come true!”