‘Expressing our thanks’: How Alan and Marilyn honour their daughter’s passing with generous donations to Westmead Hospital each year

Naomi Noble was just 19 when she lost her battle with Leukaemia in 2001. There were only eight months between her diagnosis and her passing, and her parents Alan and Marilyn still stay in touch with ward C5A Haematology Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Westmead Hospital all these years later.

And at Christmastime, Marilyn goes above and beyond with an elaborate gingerbread house supply for the ward’s staff end-of-year party and raffles.

“Being able to donate these Gingerbread houses means a lot to my husband and I,” Marilyn said.

“It is just a simple way of expressing our thanks and appreciation to Ward C5A nursing and medical staff for all their care and concern given to our daughter, Naomi back in 2000-2001 when she was diagnosed then passed away with Leukaemia. These donations have been ongoing each year since her passing.”

The gingerbread donations are a hotly awaited calendar event for the C5A team each year.

“Alan and Marilyn Noble have been donating these beautiful and amazing homemade gingerbread treats to C5A for a few years now,” Tito Jimenez, Nursing Unit Manager at C5A, Westmead Hospital said.

“The Nobles sadly lost their young daughter battling with leukaemia in the early 2000s here at C5A. Since then, they have been donating these gingerbread treats every year in gratitude for the care provided to their daughter.

“We greatly appreciate these kind and generous yearly donations and believe the Nobles deserve recognition for their lovely gesture.”