Family transforms Hospice gardens into zoo for Rotherham Hospice patient's wish

A ROTHERHAM Hospice patient was too unwell to visit the zoo — so family members dressed up as animals to bring the zoo to her.

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!”