The UK’s first nurses trained to speak to people with hearing difficulties could start work in the North-east if enough funds are raised.
Rosemary Mitchell, 27, from Ellon, aims to raise £2,000 to put 20 Macmillan cancer nurses through training, including in British Sign Language (BSL).
Rosemary’s mum Elaine, who was deaf, died of pancreatic cancer last year aged 63.
She said: “The nurses didn’t know any BSL so without me and my sister being there, there wouldn’t have been any independent communication at all.
“The nurses felt the relationship was affected because there was this three-way communicating going on.
“Sometimes patients need a private moment with the nurse and that also takes the pressure off the family.”
Rosemary will be running her first 10k race in Inverurie on Mother’s Day to raise money for training.
She said: “My mum’s death got me thinking, as lots of people lose their hearing with age.
“She didn’t get this chance but I’m hoping this training could give other families the quality of palliative care everybody else takes for granted.”
Nurses will be trained to communicate with anybody who has hearing difficulties, as well as in BSL, with specialist medical terms.
Rosemary said: “The nurses will be trained up with specific vocabulary they need to speak about medical issues.
“We’ve got nurses based at Dr Gray’s in Elgin interested who would cover all of Grampian.
“I hope this can be rolled out across Scotland and across the UK.”
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said: “Rosemary has brought forward a really important issue that I 100% support.
“The terminal illness of a loved one is an incredibly challenging time for anyone and being able to make sure a relative has all the access to care which will make their treatment as comfortable as possible is a simple necessity.
“I have arranged for Rosemary to meet with representatives from Marie Curie to look into this matter further and have also raised the issue in parliament.
“I’m sure Rosemary’s mother would be so incredibly proud of the work her daughter is doing to ensure more support for deaf and hard of hearing patients and their families.”