Tributes paid to DGH fundraiser Moe Concannon

Moe Concannon
Moe Concannon

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular nurse who battled on through cancer to help raise thousands of pounds for the District General Hospital.

Moe Concannon, 61, from Wroxham Road, was a hard-working nurse who helped people in their homes across Eastbourne and at Bexhill Hospital, and also found time for a huge amount of voluntary work.

Originally from Manchester, she was a committed fundraiser for the Pevensey Ward at the DGH, performing fundraising ballet and singing displays at schools, care homes and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Husband Martin Concannon, 43, told the Herald, “Our northern angel Moe Concannon passed away peacefully on August 7 at the DGH.

“She was a dedicated nurse for almost 40 years, coming to Eastbourne in 2006 and working at local hospitals and care homes. She truly was a nurse by profession and a nurse by nature.

“Outside of work, Moe inspired and touched the hearts of the people around her and the wider community with her dance displays, singing concerts, organising charity events and raising money for local and national cancer charities and clothing homeless people.

“She really was no ordinary person – she was our angel.”

Moe loved ballet dancing and was a regular at the balletcise exercise class school at the Natural Fitness Centre in Royal Parade.

Jane Gochin, who runs the ballet class and helped to organise charity dance displays, said, “Everybody loved Moe.

“She was always smiling and was a really lovely person. We all miss her dearly.”

Moe’s fight against cancer did not stop her taking part in her hobbies and voluntary work, which also included lending a hand at the DGH pharmacy.

Martin said, “She was given six months to live but carried on for another two-and-a-half years and, even though she was in a lot of pain, she put on a brave face and continued to raise money for charity.”

Her family say they would like to thank the staff at the DGH, especially her GP Dr Mark Evason, cancer specialist nurse Joyce Irving, all the staff at St Wilfrid’s, and the ladies at Payne and Sons Funeral Directors.

As well as husband Martin, Moe leaves behind her children Paul, Danny and Evelyn and also eight grandchildren, whom she adored.