Widow can’t thank St Wilfrid’s enough

Sheila and Zoe Nolan
Sheila and Zoe Nolan

The widow of the first man admitted to St Wilfrid’s Hospice has spoken of the amazing help and support she received from the charity as it prepares for its annual Lights of Love service.

Sheila Nolan is one of the hospice’s longest serving supporters and together with her children embarked on a string of fundraisers in aid of St Wilfrid’s following the death of her beloved husband Denis.

Mr Nolan, who served in the armed forces for 22 years, was admitted to the hospice 29 years ago after being diagnosed with cancer at just 42. He sadly passed away just ten days after arriving at the hospice but, according to Mrs Nolan, while his time there may have been short, it meant the world to him and his family.

Speaking this week she said, “It was such a tremendous relief when we arrived at St Wilfrid’s. The hospice gave Denis and I the opportunity to spend quality time together: we were able to talk, laugh and remember.

“The wonderful staff never lost sight of Denis’ needs; his comfort and happiness were always carefully considered. The children piled into his room on a daily basis often with Lady our pet poodle following closely behind.

“I cannot thank St Wilfrid’s enough. Denis only spent a short amount of time at St Wilfrid’s but the care and support provided made those last few days easier for us all.”

Sons Lee, Guy and Jay have taken part in long list of fundraisers, including town centre show shines, leaping out of a helicopter and countless jumble sales. And Mrs Nolan and daughter Zoe have done their bit by regularly volunteering at the hospice and taking part in a sponsored walk.

Wednesday sees the annual Lights of Love service take place at the Winter Garden Floral Hall from 7.30pm and Mrs Nolan will be there remembering her husband.

She hopes others will take advantage of the opportunity to not only commemorate the lives of lost loved ones, but support the charity which does all it can to support others. Entry is free.