Fred Wescott, a longtime volunteer for ProMedica Hospice Serving North Central Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, was recently nominated by the agency and members of the community for the “Inspiring 815” award through WREX TB in Rockford, IL. The award aims to recognize the recipient for all of their efforts to make their community, the “815”, a better place. Fred Wescott is doing just that through all the ways he gives back to ProMedica Hospice and his community.
Not only is Fred a longtime volunteer, but he is also the founder of Hole Hearted for Hospice, an organization that has raised over $75,000 for the ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund over the years. Beyond that, he also hand creates personalized wood plaques to recognize every single veteran patient at ProMedica Hospice. Each plaque takes about four hours to complete and contains unique information to the veteran who receives it, such as their name, dates served and their rank at discharge. Fred mentioned that in the last six years he has created over 2,000 plaques and all at no charge.
Fred has a very personal connection to ProMedica Hospice: his daughter received care in 2013. Prompted by the care his daughter received and also by his respect for veterans, he decided he wanted to give back. When asked why he gives back Fred said, “It just gives me such a feeling of I helped.”