Mick will never forget what they did for Ann

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, August 24, 2012, 09:20

THE husband of a woman whose final days were spent at St Giles Walsall Hospice has pledged support for the Advertiser's Helen's Appeal campaign.

Mick Turner, of Wilenhall, vowed to help the hospice in any way he could after Ann, his wife of four decades, received specialist care at the facility in Goscote during the final days of her life in August 2011.

Since then, Mick has been an enthusiastic fundraiser for St Giles – and now he hopes to inspire Advertiser readers to get behind the appeal.

Joining forces with the St Giles Hospice, we aim to raise £10,000 to pay for the work of Clinical Nursing Manager Helen Simkins for six months.

Mick, aged 54, said: "St Giles Walsall Hospice is close to my whole family's hearts.

"The care and love Ann was shown by St Giles staff was unbelievable, and so many more people in Walsall's lives are touched by the hospice on a daily basis that it is a cause Advertiser readers should support.

"Helen's Appeal is a chance for us all to show just how much we value St Giles Walsall Hospice and to show what we are willing to achieve for this worthwhile cause."

Ann was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. At first, it was treated successfully, but the cancer returned last summer.

A few weeks later, Ann tragically passed away. She was aged just 54.

Mick said: "We were together for 40 years and thanks to St Giles Walsall Hospice, we were together to the end. The medical expertise on hand at the hospice was something to behold and unlike anything she had experienced when she had been in the hospital previously.

"At one stage there were six specialists around Ann's bed talking about the best way to stop her feeling nauseous – it gave us so much confidence that she was in the safest of hands.

"Although it was a difficult period, it was an uplifting time in many ways. We will never forget what they did for us."

Last week, the Advertiser teamed up with St Giles Walsall Hospice to launch Helen's Appeal.

Readers can make a contribution towards the campaign by making a donation using the form printed on this page or online at www.justgiving.com/helensappeal.

Alternatively, readers can take part in one of the many events taking place that will be featured in this paper, or by organising their own fundraiser.

For more information call 01922 602 520.



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