Kelly’s fund-raising hopes for hospice

A WOMAN from Fornham All Saints hopes to raise as much money as she can for St Nicholas Hospice Care after it supported her and her terminally ill husband.

Kelly Allen, 31, has been receiving counselling and complementary therapies at the hospice as her husband Mark, 43, is terminally ill with a brain tumour.

Mark has also been attending the hospice’s Orchard Day Centre.

On September 17, Kelly is taking part in the Girls’ Night Out event to raise money for the hospice, walking a 11.2 mile walk around Bury.

Kelly said the hospice had given her the confidence to talk about Mark and his illness.

She said: “The hospice has been very important for me, they have helped me with counselling and therapy – they are there whenever I need them.

“The hospice has helped me gain the confidence to keep on going.

“Sometimes I cannot express how I feel so it really helps that I can talk to them.

“They have also given me the confidence to talk to Mark’s family about how I am feeling.

“You just have to cope with it day by day and try to be positive about it as much as possible.

“We have a two year old girl, Lilly, so I try to think about her and her future.

“St Nicholas Hospice Care has done a lot for me and I want to do something in return.

“I would like to raise as much money as possible to support the people who have supported me and my family.”

So far Kelly has raised £180 in sponsorship for the event but hopes to raise more before the September 17 start date.