The Dawson family from Port Isaac have donated much needed funds to provide two new beds at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell. The gesture came after husband and father, David Dawson passed away at the hospice earlier this autumn. 

The well-known local family who run Dawson Steeplejacks, were so taken with the care David received that they donated £5,000 to purchase a new bed, replacing one that is no longer fit for purpose. The family business then matched the donation meaning the Cornish healthcare charity received £10,000. Son Ian says; “We are so grateful for the care Dad received, we wanted to give something back.”


The picture above is of (from left to right) Mount Edgcumbe Hospice Ward Sister Sally Davies, Ian Dawson (son), Lorraine (wife) and Tina (daughter) and Ward Administrator Janet Barnie.

An extraordinary gesture

Gina Starnes, Clinical Director at Cornwall Hospice Care, says; “It’s thanks to extraordinary gestures like this that we can provide care to 10 in-patients at a time at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. These beds are, due to the very nature of their work, very expensive to buy and maintain, so for the Dawson family to fund two replacements is extremely kind. It was a privilege for us to care for David and with his family’s help, we can continue to provide our service to other families across Cornwall.”

You too can help us provide hospice care in Cornwall by supporting Terry’s Bed Appeal.