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For Stuart Parker

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Story

[p]Stuart had been a police officer for nearly 30 years , proudly serving the community with Derbyshire Constabulary, committing his working life to keeping people safe. He was very much looking forward to his well earned retirement in May, unfortunately the excitement was taken away from him with the awful diagnosis which cruelly took his future away in just 9 months. [/p][p]He was the kindest and bravest man you could ever wish to meet. Its difficult to process the reality of life without him or the that my children will now grow up without him by their side. He is their hero, their rock, their all time favourite person who they will always love unconditionally.[/p][p]Stuart was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour in December at the age of 53. He had surgery to remove 99% of the tumour and received gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, however the doctors were rather clear this wouldn't save him and may just help to keep him alive longer.Watching a loved one die is something I hope nobody ever has to experience but this was our reality. [/p][p]We needed help to get him the treatment he deserved and we are eternally grateful for all the money the general public, friends and family helped us to raise to ensure we could fund our own treatment which ultimately kept Stuart alive long enough to renew his wedding vows alongside creating many priceless memories whilst keeping his quality of life to a level where he was able to travel and do the things that would not have been possible without. [/p][p]Unfortunately the brain tumour spread to his spinal fluid and we had to make the impossible decision to stop treatment. Nobody could have anticipated how quickly he would deteriorate without his treatment and within a week Stuart sadly became bed bound and completely reliant on care. [/p][p]This is where ashgate hospice came into our lives. Initially from an outpatient perspective the care was abismal. However this all changed the day he was admitted to the ward. The staff changed our whole perception, they treated Stuart like a loved one, showing care and compassion to the very end. They understood that even though the tumour had taken his body away his mind was still active and working as if he wasn’t ill (I’m sure they loved his jokes as much as we did) they ensured he maintained his dignity throughout. The care they provided was excellent and really made a difficult time more bearable for everyone. I know most people have had a family member or friend go in there and I’ve never heard a bad word said. The nurses, volunteers, health cares etc showed an incredible amount of care and knowledge and made sure we had the option of being there for him at the end ❤[/p][p]we as a family will be supporting them wholeheartedly for the rest of lives as we could never thank them enough. [/p][p]If services like this weren’t available I can’t imagine how undignified and different Stuart’s last weeks would have been.[/p][p]ultimately we could not control Stuart’s diagnosis, no matter how hard we tried, however in the end we could control how comfortable he was and that was completely down to Ashgate hospice and their staff. [/p][p]❤❤❤[/p][p]we will keep fundraising solely to raise funds for this fantastic hospice to ensure they can carry on making a difference to others in their time of need [/p][p][br][/p]
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Supporters

Jul 9, 2019

Vicky Wilson

Jul 7, 2019

Claire Harradine

Last of the sponsor money

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2019

James Kay Friends

James Kay & Friends

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 6, 2019

Sarah Gupta

What a great cause, good luck to all x

£10.00

Jul 6, 2019

Marguerite Abrahams

Good luck for tonight, Marg, Dan and kids xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 5, 2019

Caroline Church

Good luck Team Parker. Sorry I can't join you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 4, 2019

Kirsten Richards

Have a great walk -very good cause! Love from Kirsten and Mark

£10.00

Jul 4, 2019

Roger Flint

Good luck Samantha and team

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2019

Claire Harradine

Xxx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2019

Vivienne Sillar

Work that walk ladies! It’s a great cause. Wishing you all the best.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid