Back (l-r) Bridie and Martin Curry, front (l-r) Trudy Cox, Linda Wilson, Rachael

Article by Libby McBride: A heartbroken mother who lost her son and husband to cancer on the same day eight years apart has raised £1,650 for the hospice that supported her family.

Linda Wilson, from Billericay, lost her son Tony Currie at the age of 35 on April 10, after a five-year battle with a brain tumour. On the same day in 2007, her husband and Tony's father Alan Currie died from bowel cancer.

Linda wanted to thank St Luke's Hospice, who cared for both relatives in their final weeks, so she hosted a garden party with cream teas.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Linda"]You always hope you do not have to use a hospice but you certainly do not expect to use them twice. Some people are very apprehensive about the word hospice and yet from my experience they offer such fantastic support in many ways that can never be described in words. St Luke's never gets enough recognition for the wonderful work it does. Before Tony died we had the support from the Hospice at Home service, the One-Call Response service, complementary therapy and Day Hospice. All the staff are so kind, patient, caring and very dedicated people. They do not just look after the patient but the whole family.[/quote]

Tony left behind two children, Evie Mae, seven, and Tom Alan, five, but Linda feels the hospice made it easier for Tony's children to visit him.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Linda"]They spent many hours visiting Tony at the hospice and the staff were brilliant making them feel comfortable about being there. The paints, glue and craft box always came out, along with the drinks and biscuits. The staff helped with an Easter egg hunt in the garden and Tony was able to watch all the laughter and fun from his bed, which was pushed out onto the patio so he did not miss anything. The children never felt shy or worried about going to the hospice to see their daddy and were able to spend the last precious days with him.[/quote]

At the garden party, which Linda hosted at her home, 85 family members and friends enjoyed a cream tea and a raffle.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Linda"]Lots of companies supported us by donating prizes – hardware stores, plumbers, even the local fish and chip shop. I had lots of friends and family there – people who knew Tony.[/quote]

The cheque was presented to Trudy Cox, the co-founder of St Luke's, by Linda and Tony's brother Martin and Martin's wife Bridie Curry.

Linda set up bereavement group Stepping Forward, for people who lose their partners and they meet once a month.

Article by Libby McBride, Ongar Gazette

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