Gareth Brown died aged 28 in 2017 after developing pheochromocytoma, an uncommon form of the disease affecting the adrenal glands. 

Funds raised by Gareth’s family and friends were used to create ‘Gareth’s Room’ in the Oncology Unit at the hospital. The room features ‘Visualite’ illuminated ceiling panels showing calming images. 

Oncology Unit manager Jayne Bickerstaff said: “Gareth’s Room is used for oncology patients when they are having their PICC lines inserted. 

“A PICC line is inserted into a vein in the patient’s arm to given them their chemotherapy treatment. 

“The procedure can be quite difficult for patients, and the illuminated ceiling panels are proven to ease stress and anxiety. 

“We’re very proud to have named the room in Gareth’s honour, and grateful for all the generous donations that have helped us to make treatment more comfortable for our patients.” 

Gareth’s family and friends raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Oncology Unit, through a number of activities including sponsored triathlons, the Keswick to Barrow Walk, a football tournament, race nights, children’s dancing shows and more.  

Gareth’s sister Gemma Brown said: “The family was overwhelmed to visit Gareth’s Room at the hospital. 

“When we started the fundraising this wasn’t something we imaging would happen – this is so much more than we expected. 

“Gareth was all about everybody else, so he would have loved how much of a difference the room makes to patients. He was such a positive person, and this will help other people to have a positive experience while they’re going through such a difficult time.” 

Money raised by Gareth’s family and friends was donated to the Oncology unit via Bay Hospitals Charity, which funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.   

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064 or email [email protected]