Grieving Grimsby family of meningitis victim give £2,000 to hospice
THE family of meningitis victim Lexus-Rose Hall-Yull donated more than £2,000 to St Andrew's Children's Hospice in memory of the much-loved infant.
She died after contracting the disease on November 9, as reported.
She laid in rest at St Andrew's Hospice where her mum Sita Yull and other relatives were able to visit her.
The grieving mum told how much of a comfort the staff were as she visited several times a day for ten days after Lexus-Rose's death at the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital, Grimsby.
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She was able to wash and clothe her baby and play nursery rhymes and paint her nails. A special room is dedicated to the care of the bereaved who have access to an adjoining room where their loved one is laid in rest.
To thank hospice staff for their care and to help raise money for a horse and carriage at Lexus-Rose's funeral, supporters gathered for a fundraising event held at The Nunsthorpe Tavern.
As reported more than £3,000 was raised.
Sita, 26, of Winchester Avenue, Grimsby, presented £2,000 to hospice community fundraiser Lynne Lemon.
Sita said: "It is so peaceful and comfortable here. We had nursery rhymes playing and her grandparents, uncles and aunt were able to visit.
"Her brothers Kade, Billy and Bobby were also allowed to visit and we could all come whenever we wanted.
"I can't praise the staff enough. I hope this money will help other children and their families."
She told how she was given lots of support by hospice staff as she dressed Lexus-Rose in a tutu and sat cuddling her.
Sita said: "The main thing was being able to spend time, sitting and holding her."
A photographer also supplied photos of Lexus and footprints and hand prints of the infant as well as casts of her hands and feet.
Sita said: "The hospice staff were brilliant. I wish to thank them all – particularly Pam and Tina – as well as all those who supported the appeal.
She also thanked her family.
Sita said: "My family have been my rock."
Grieving grandmother Janet Yull said: "She was our first granddaughter. We want to thank everybody that helped with the fundraising and everyone at the hospice for everything they have done. They were brilliant."
Lexus-Rose's dad, Jimmy Macdougal (Hall), attended the fundraising event at The Nunsthorpe Tavern, along with other relatives.
Uncle Ben Yull has tattoos of all his nephews and his tattoo to his first niece, Lexus, had flowers and her dates of birth and death.
He said: "She was special. She was my first niece."
Further advice about meningitis is available by contacting NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or the National Meningitis Trust helpline on 0800 02818.