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Danny Gorrie was cherished and adored by his family - including his dad David, mum Julie, and his sisters Lauren and Kendl. He was also a patient at St John of God Geelong Hospital from 20 June 2021 until he sadly passed away on 22 August of the same year, aged 42. David and Julie Gorrie

Throughout the months of Danny’s care at the hospital, the dedicated doctors, caregivers and environmental services teams, on both Ward 2 North and Ward 3 North, formed a strong bond with the Gorrie family.

“It was our absolute privilege to care for Danny, and perhaps our greatest privilege of all to be with him right until the end. It was most definitely our greatest fortune that it was here,” said Danny’s sister Lauren of their time together in the hospital. 

Danny lived with disability and had extensive support needs. It was the extraordinary care and respect shown to Danny during his time in hospital that inspired the Gorrie family to make a gift to honour his memory. 

“We are sure this donation will complement the outstanding care that is provided here every day, and support families into the future to experience the privilege of being together,” said Kendl.

The amazing generosity of the Gorrie family has enabled St John of God Geelong Hospital to purchase a Cuddle Bed. A Cuddle Bed is a special hospital bed that can be converted to support two or more people and help to remove physical barriers during end-of-life care, giving intimate connection and comfort to critically ill patients and their loved ones. Daniel Gorrie and his sisters, Lauren and Kendl.

These simple yet profoundly impactful beds allow families to be as close as possible, and lay together during the precious last days of their loved one’s life.

The new Cuddle Bed is now in place in Danny’s patient room at the hospital, where the Gorrie family hopes it will help families like theirs.

We are so grateful to the Gorrie family for their immense generosity and compassion for patients and their families, and thank them for choosing to honour Danny’s memory with a gift to their local hospital.

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