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….and a hook for the bathroom door

I took another donation along to the hospice on Thursday, in addition to an envelope full of cheques. I didn’t want to give it to the Appeals Director along with the money, as I’d never met her before so wasn’t sure whether she had a sense of humour. However, I noticed that the receptionist was a woman who had been on duty much of the time when I was virtually living at the hospice last month, and we’d had a number of chats at the time.

So as I was leaving, I stopped by at Reception, and said that I had another donation that I wanted to give to her to pass on to the correct person. I reached into my bag and pulled out ……. a chrome-plated double hook from my local hardware store. I explained that this was a hook for the back of the bathroom door in the guest suite. She looked rather nonplussed, so I explained that I’d found nowhere to hang my clothes when I was having a shower. I’d had to pile them up on the loo seat. Then of course when I got out of the shower dripping wet, I had to lean across the heap of clothes to reach the towels on the towel rail. So my clothes got damp.

The receptionist burst out laughing, and said that no one had ever mentioned it before. I pointed out that, when one’s husband is dying down the corridor, a few damp clothes were neither here nor there! But nonetheless it was unnecessary and easily fixed – hence my donation.

The receptionist laughed some more, and said that no one had ever given them a hook before – chocolates, benches for the garden and even a brace of fancy ducks for the pond. But never a hook. I replied that was obvious – otherwise there wouldn’t have been a problem!  She was still laughing as she promised to hand the hook on to their facilities manager, together with a note explaining exactly where it needed to go………

{ 7 } Comments

  1. Frosty | 25 September 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Perfect :o) Gillian you’re star!

  2. Gillian | 25 September 2010 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Frosty! The look on her face was priceless……

  3. Richard P | 26 September 2010 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Priceless indeed 😉
    Bathroom hooks, the convenient alternative to cash!

  4. Lucy_k_p | 29 September 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad the hospice were (and are) so helpful and kind. And I’m impressed by both your own and other’s generosity towards them – not everyone would think of doing something afterwards.

    And the hook is very amusing and appropriate.

  5. Mantina | 30 September 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Aww. Star
    Hope you are keep well.
    I’m glad you can find little thing to make you laugh

  6. Veronica | 9 October 2010 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Great idea, Gillian.

  7. David A | 1 November 2010 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    It’s nice to be able to fix these little details! Great idea!