Morecambe nursing home units named after former staff who lost their lives to cancer

Linda Daley (Emma's aunt), Katie Grice (Emmas sister), Michael Gilhespy (Emma's husband) and Iris Knox (Emma's grandmother).
Linda Daley (Emma's aunt), Katie Grice (Emmas sister), Michael Gilhespy (Emma's husband) and Iris Knox (Emma's grandmother).

Three women who lost their lives to cancer have been honoured at the nursing home they used to work at.

Christine Martindale, Gill Maguire and Emma Gilhespy all worked at Hillcroft Nursing Home in Morecambe before their deaths.

Joan Ireland (Christines mum) Jackie Stone (Christines sister) and Susan Finlay (Christines sister).

Joan Ireland (Christines mum) Jackie Stone (Christines sister) and Susan Finlay (Christines sister).

At a celebration held for Hillcroft’s 25th anniversary the nursing home re-named their three units with the surnames of their beloved colleagues.

The decision to use Martindale, Maguire and Gilhespy came about when the directors of the company asked the staff for their input in re-naming the units.

Director Gill Reynolds used to be matron of the Morecambe home and had worked with all three of the women.

She said: “When the staff came back with the suggestion it made sense. It just felt absolutely right to name the units after them. It was such a lovely idea that everyone got on board straight away.”

Chloe Cartledge (Marks partner), Mark Whiteside (Gill Maguires son), Jorgie Gillian Whiteside (Marks daughter) and Margaret Maguire (Gill Maguires mum).

Chloe Cartledge (Marks partner), Mark Whiteside (Gill Maguires son), Jorgie Gillian Whiteside (Marks daughter) and Margaret Maguire (Gill Maguires mum).

Emma Gilhepsy was 28 when she died from an aggressive form of tongue cancer in November 2014.

She worked at Hillcroft for three years as a care assistant – leaving to pursue a career in child care in 2008.

Known as Emma Grice then, she kept in touch with a lot of her former team mates and they were devastated when they heard the news.

Emma’s sister Katie Grice said: “It’s nice that the staff still remember Emma because it has been a lot of years since she worked for Hillcroft.”

Christine Martindale was 59 when she died of lung cancer in November 2014. She worked at Hillcroft as a cook for 15 years.

Her sister Jackie Stone attended the official naming of the units.

She said: “It was quite an emotional day but I held myself together. When I found out I just thought it was a lovely idea that the staff put Christine’s name forward. She loved her job – all the staff used to call her ‘mother’”.

Gill Maguire – formerly Hope – was 59 when she died from bowel cancer. She had worked at Hillcroft for 11 years as a laundry assistant.

Her son Mark Whiteside went along with his partner Chloe, his three-month-old daughter Georgie Gillian Whiteside and his grandmother Margaret Maguire.

He said: “It was a lovely touch to have one of the units named after her, and for the other families as well. It was a lovely day.”