A WEST Kirby law firm donated £1,000 to help Wirral Hospice St John’s in their work providing palliative care to patients with progressive disease.

Maxwell Hodge - which has offices across Merseyside - wanted to help the charity following the death of secretary Elaine Reeves, who died in December 2013 and received immense support from the hospice.

Elaine's partner Graham Stonehouse - who is also a legal executive at Maxwell Hodge - said: “The Hospice provided Elaine with a level of care which was second to none during the time that she was an inpatient. They were also a huge support to myself, her family and friends.  I am really pleased the firm chose to support the charity."

Wirral Hospice St John’s has been caring for patients and families for more than 30 years and has helped thousands of families who are coping with terminal illness.

The charity cares for patients with many complex illnesses including cancer, heart disease, neurological and respiratory conditions.

This care and support also extends to patients’ families and loved ones; this can be anything from financial guidance to emotional and practical support. 

Simon Leyland, CEO of Maxwell Hodge said: "We were all shocked and saddened when Elaine tragically passed away and this is just our way of saying thank you to Wirral Hospice St John's who really helped Elaine to be as comfortable as possible in her final days."

The hospice’s fundraising development manager Michelle Talgam said: “Our Hospice care is available to all, free of charge. To provide this special care to our patients, our charity relies on public support and donations.

“We are really grateful to Maxwell Hodge for their generosity in making such a significant donation in memory of their friend and colleague, Elaine Reeves, and for helping us to care and comfort other patients who are similarly affected.”