Saanich girl gives gift of silence

Jillian McCue donates silent wall clocks to Victoria Hospice

Jillian McCue holds one of the 12 silent wall clocks she donated to Victoria Hospice with Christine Gaw

Jillian McCue holds one of the 12 silent wall clocks she donated to Victoria Hospice with Christine Gaw

Life for the families and patients of Victoria Hospice is challenging to say the least. Time slows, and the tick of a clock can be enough to keep people up all night.

Hearing that struck a chord with 11-year-old Jillian McCue of Saanich.

The girl who recently spurred Saanich council to consider residential backyard goats (a pilot program is in the works) campaigned for the better part of the summer, and last week delivered a dozen new silent wall clocks to Hospice.

“When she arrived at the Victoria Hospice reception desk she was greeted with smiles and hugs by the nurses and staff,” said dad Rich McCue.

“[I’m] hopeful that patients and families will be able to rest more easily now that the ticking clocks are a thing of the past,” Jillian said.

Jillian’s quest actually started at the beginning of the summer, said Rich, when she participated in the World Cup Soccer Camp’s Anneswer To Cancer soccer tournament. The event raises money and awareness for Victoria Hospice, and Jillian canvassed her neighbourhood with a goal of raising $1,000, or more.

As a top fundraiser she was entered into a contest and won a $500 Best Buy gift card prize. Her goal was to spend half the prize money on a video camera but also asked her mom Heather, a nurse who works in the Victoria Hospice unit, what she could spend the other half of the money on.

Heather mentioned Hospice was in need of silent clocks as the ticking noises caused patient and family distress as they tried sleep.

Jillian selected a silent clock from Best Buy’s website but could only afford six of the 12 clocks needed to replace them all.

So, Jillian walked into the Uptown Best Buy (with her dad) and asked to speak to a manager. She explained the situation and wondered if Best Buy would like to donate the remaining six.

It took a couple minutes, and they said yes, Rich said.

Jillian was too excited when the clocks were finally delivered to let them sit in her house. She encouraged her parents to drive her immediately to Royal Jubilee Hospital so she could deliver them.

“I want to express my gratitude to Best Buy for their support and generosity,” Jillian said.

“She sought, in a small and simple way, to improve one aspect of the stress that comes when facing life-limiting illness,” said Rich.

 

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
VIDEO: Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper invites gardeners into his plot

What’s In My Garden, Man? kicks off with the poop on compost

Barriers to rental housing brought on by no-pet rules add stress to renters, says councillor. (Pixabay)
Saanich councillor wants to remove barriers to housing for pet owners

Motion calling for province to amend lease stipulations against pet ownership defeated in 5-4 vote

(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Victoria food drive aims to feed those also struggling with housing

Quadra Village furniture store hosting drive-thru event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in Saanich parkland

The birds don’t often touch down in the south of the Island

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Most Read