Support given after “Gareth’s room” named in Furness General

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APPROVALS were given to the appropriate tribute from a hospital.

A Barrow man who has died from a rare form of cancer is set to make a difference in the lives of others battling the disease.

Gareth Brown died in 2017 at the age of 28 after developing pheochromocytoma, a rare form of the disease affecting the adrenal glands.

His family raised money to fund a room in the Oncology Unit at Furness General Hospital – and the room is now named after Gareth as a sign of his lasting legacy in the community.

Barbara Wright said: “What a beautiful tribute to Gareth, his family and his friends. I knew Gareth when he was young, he was an always polite and friendly boy – which we miss dearly.”

Angela McIlvogue said: “Such a wonderful gesture with all the hard work her family and friends have done. I miss you Gas.”

Fiona Uren Kenrick said: “What a nice gesture, well done to all her family and friends!”

The room features illuminated “Visualite” ceiling panels showing calming images to patients.

UHMBT Non-Executive Director Adrian Leather said: “It’s nice to see Gareth’s memory honored through the name of this piece.

“We are very grateful to Gareth’s family for their contribution to the Oncology Unit, which we hope will help our patients feel more comfortable during their treatment.

Zoe Marie Shepherd: “It’s adorable! Many have missed. ”

LA590 said: “Gareth was a top man and that’s a fitting legacy!”

Bonkersbarrow said: “Nice story. Thanks to Gareth’s family.”

Gareth’s family and friends have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the oncology unit, has been raised so far through a number of activities including sponsored triathlons, the walk from Keswick to Barrow, a football tournament, race nights, children’s dance performances and more.

Gareth’s father, Steve, and mother Karen recently visited the unit to view the coin and the newly unveiled plaque bearing Gareth’s name.


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