After hearing her patient Richard Bainbridge was a huge Leeds United fan, nurse Maegan Robinson’s Sue Ryder joined the hospice’s fundraising team with one goal in mind.
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Richard suffers from chest wall and lung cancer and lives at Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.
“Having known Richard since October 2021, I was well aware of his love for football and his dedication to Leeds United,” Maegan said. “During one particular home visit, Richard mentioned in conversation that his only regret was not attending a Leeds game.
“His wife Sharon said it would be his dream to see a game against Leeds, but they both felt it was impossible.
“Richard is a remarkable gentleman who has been through so much since being diagnosed. His wife Sharon and extended family are amazing and have been exceptionally supportive. I wanted this to happen for them.
After Maegan made contact with the club, Leeds United agreed to organize an unforgettable afternoon for Richard.
After attending the match on April 30 with family members Bethany Bainbridge, Ryan Mountford and Alan Darnborough, Richard said: “I am so grateful to Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice for making my dream come true.
“The day went very well from start to finish. We ate fancy food including salmon and duck. No tokens in sight!
“I even had the opportunity to meet some former Leeds United players and some old friends.
“Watching the game on the way home was an overwhelming experience and one that I will never forget. Many thanks to Leeds United for making this possible.
“I was buzzing for hours after returning home and it took me a while to recover from what had been a fantastic experience.
“It was not only a great day for me, but also for my family. We were able to create special memories that will live with us forever.
“I’m speechless. Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!”
James Mooney, Head of Communications at Leeds United, said: “It was an honor to welcome Richard to Elland Road for the match against Manchester City, and we are delighted to hear he enjoyed the experience. Maegan and the staff at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice are clearly doing an amazing job going above and beyond the call of duty and we look forward to working together in the future to provide support to more patients.”
Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice is based in Headingley in Leeds and provides expert palliative care and bereavement support to people living across the region through its inpatient care, virtual day therapy services, community services, bereavement support family, rehabilitation, complementary therapies and spiritual care. .