Couple’s thank you to hospice that cared for friend

Pictured (from left) Julie Marshall, Nicole Harrison (health care support worker for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice) Chris Brooker, Becky Otter (events manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice) and Simon Marshall.
Pictured (from left) Julie Marshall, Nicole Harrison (health care support worker for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice) Chris Brooker, Becky Otter (events manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice) and Simon Marshall.

A Navenby couple who lost a ‘bubbly, outgoing’ loved one to cancer last year have raised more than £1,000 for the hospice that cared for her.

Simon Marshall, 57, and Julie Marshall, 58, raised £1,140 in all when they ran the Danwood Lincoln Santa Run before Chritmas.

The couple took on the challenge in support of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice where their sister-in-law, Alie Brooker, from Waddington, died, aged 47, on February 17 of last year.

Julie, 58, said: “It was so important for us to be able to give something back to the organisation that had cared for Alie, when she had needed it most.

“The Santa Run was a fitting tribute to a woman who was bubbly, outgoing and so full of life.”

Alie, a mum-of-four, was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer at the start of 2014 and put on to a course of radiotherapy. A matter of weeks later, she was admitted into St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice after she was given only hours or at best days to live.

She spent her last weeks being cared for by the hospice, with staff also supporting her family and close friends.

Husband Chris Brooker, 50, said: “I think it is a common misconception that people go to the hospice to die. Yes, Alie died in the hospice but because of them we were able to share four more precious weeks together. It was time we never thought we’d have.”