Gift of relaxation to patients

By Suzanne Pert

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

Gift of relaxation to patients

Claire Hallett, left, and Trish Kerridge, right, presenting MP3 players to Macmillan assistant Lesley Evans. Picture by Peter Boam.

MP3 PLAYERS loaded with relaxation exercises have been donated to cancer patients in memory of an Isle of Wight man who lost his battle against the disease.

Ten players were donated to the chemotherapy unit, at St Mary’s Hospital, and ten to the John Cheverton Centre, at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, in memory of Yarmouth sailing champion and lifeboatman Nick Burgin, who died of bowel cancer last March, aged 51.

Nick credited Penny Brohn Cancer Care with helping him live life to full in the year before his death and left £5,000 to help the Bristol-based charity bring its services to

the Island to benefit local people fighting cancer.

His wife, Sue, 52, of Victoria Road, Yarmouth, launched an appeal called Nick Burgin’s Legacy: A Life Well Lived, to carry out his wishes.

She previously told the County Press: "Our aim is simple — to raise awareness about Penny Brohn Cancer Care and the amazing work they do and to raise funds to bring their services to benefit people living with cancer on the Isle of Wight. Nick believed it was important we pursue our passions, live our lives to the full and make a difference in this one life we have."

Claire Hallett, who has been helping with the appeal and delivered the MP3 players, said: "This was an important donation, as Nick and Sue both benefited from relaxation and visualisation exercises as a means of managing anxiety during Nick’s illness.

Warm, fleecy blankets were also delivered in May last year to the chemotherapy unit, at St Mary’s Hospital, to provide comfort to people undergoing chemotherapy — Nick had expressed a wish to do this."

Thanks to Nick’s legacy, Penny Brohn Cancer Care will be running a free living well course at the Lake Hotel, Bonchurch, next month. It is hoped a number of courses will run this year, funded through the small grants programme, supported by Community Action Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

• For further information about Nick’s legacy, and to book a place on the course, visit www.alifewell-lived.org.uk

Reporter: suep@iwcpmail.co.uk

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