Family hospice boost

Carol Gregson, of Trinity Hospice, with  Alison Smith and her brother David Cook.
Carol Gregson, of Trinity Hospice, with Alison Smith and her brother David Cook.

A FLEETWOOD family have repaid Trinity Hospice for the wonderful support it gave them when their mum became terminally ill.

Last summer June Cook, who was 63, was given the earth-shattering news that she had a rare form of cancer of the oesophagus. Her health rapidly deteriorated and she spent the last few weeks of her life at the hospice in Bispham.

Her son David Cook, 43, works as a radio operator on an oil rig out in the North Sea and so sadly didn’t get to see his mother before she died. But he heard all about the way staff from Trinity made her life so much more comfortable at the end.

He resolved to raise as much money as possible for the facility, which relies heavily on donations and fund-raisers. He staged a raffle on board the off-shore rig, Ensco 100, where he works.

Colleagues rallied round and help him raise a magnificent £2,210, which he presented to Trinity last week with his sister, Alison Smith.

David, of Agnew Road, told the Weekly News: “I never got see mum in the last couple of weeks before she died, unfortunately. The good think was the brilliant way in which everyone at Trinity helped her.

I just wanted to help and my sister Alison, and brother Paul, thought it was a good idea too.

“The lads on the rig were brilliant in helping me raise so much.”

David was given a tour of the hospice and got to see the room where his mum stayed.

Bev Whittaker, of Trinity’s fund-raising team, said: “It costs us £7 million a year to keep our doors open, and without fund-raisers like this we couldn’t keep going.”