Wonderland party in memory of Kathryn raises appeal cash

Paul Day at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at his home in Ashton, in memory of his wife Kathryn and in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, with other colourful Alice in Wonderland characters

Paul Day at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at his home in Ashton, in memory of his wife Kathryn and in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, with other colourful Alice in Wonderland characters

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A MUM who lost her brave battle to overcome a brain tumour has inspired family and friends to don fancy dress for our Safe Hands Appeal.

Paul Day, of Edward Drive, Ashton, staged an Alice In Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter tea party to raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of his wife, Kathryn.

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2007, and sadly died in May last year at the age of 52.

More than 180 friends and family attended the event in her honour, which raised £3,100 for Marie Curie to provide free care for terminally-ill patients across the borough.

Paul said: “For the last five months of her life, Kathryn was slipping in and out of a coma. There was lots of help from agencies across Wigan and the care given by Marie Curie nurses meant I was able to take a break and get some sleep at night while I knew that she was being well looked after and there was someone there to help her if she needed it.

“We wanted to give a little something back to the charity so that other people in a similar situation can have the support needed - I know how vital that can be to families in this situation.”

Paul organised the tea party with son Andrew, 26, and 23-year-old daughter Jennifer, who has recently returned from a six-month trip around South East Asia, Australia and America.

The event was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone who attended.

The Wigan Evening Post has teamed up with Marie Curie for our Safe Hands Appeal.

We want to raise £86,000 – the amount needed to cover the cost of enough Marie Curie nurses to provide free care for terminally ill patients across the borough for the next 12 months.

Currently the charity is not raising enough funds to cover its service, which gives cancer sufferers throughout the area the chance to spend their final days at home surrounded by loved ones.

Most of us have been touched by cancer at some time, so we need the help of everyone in Wigan to make sure we reach our target. There are currently 11 Marie Curie Nurses working in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.

Thanks to the generosity of local people, last year these nurses provided more than 7,000 hours of free nursing care to 93 terminally-ill patients within their own home.

This care is completely free of charge to anyone who needs it at a time when they and their families are at their most vulnerable and need the practical help and emotional support which Marie Curie nurses are able to give in their own home.