Ann Sidgewick's Interview Summary
Ann’s background was in computing and she felt the Hospice could benefit from a computer but had some resistance from the Board. It was thought this would be too modern for the vision of the Hospice. When Ann offered to train the staff there was a change of heart. Ann worked hard to get equipment donated and the first package used was a payroll program which cut the payroll from 3 days to 3 hours. Ann was active in the fundraising activities and became a Trustee for 5 or 6 years. She was responsible for the creation of most of the databases used at the Hospice. Ann returned to the hospice after Covid lockdown and now helps look after the patients with Lymphedema and works on the Well reception.
Ann helped organise the first wedding held at the Hospice of a terminally ill patient. She was a prisoner in the cells at Newport Pagnell and was involved in the Words for Willen Book both of which were major fundraisers. Ann also instigated the selling of bricks from the Aston Martin building in Newport Pagnell which raised over £30,000. Ann praised the people of MK whose generosity has seen the hospice grow but she believes that the care and humanity that goes into each patient at the hospice hasn’t changed over her years at Willen.