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Woman’s last wish comes true thanks to Gravesend charity

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2018

Sue's son Luke is a British Grand Prix motorcycle racer. Picture: Ellenor

Sue's son Luke is a British Grand Prix motorcycle racer. Picture: Ellenor

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Gravesend-based hospice Ellenor helped make a woman’s wish come true in the summer by allowing her to see her son race at Brands Hatch one last time, and her husband has thanked the charity for its support.

Dave and Sue Jones. Picture: EllenorDave and Sue Jones. Picture: Ellenor

Sue Jones, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and had been on a syringe driver - a battery pumped device which administers a continuous infusion of drugs for 24 hours, providing optimal pain management.

Her son Luke, a British Grand Prix motorcycle racer, has been racing for the last 22 years and his family has always followed his career, watching hime race all over the country until recently.

Sue’s wish was that she him compete in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship on Saturday July 21 at Brands Hatch.

Anna Austin, Sue’s Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, contacted Brands Hatch and Ellenor to see if they could assist to provide support for Sue on the day.

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At very short notice, the charity were more than happy to help and to Sue’s delight, they were able to take her to Brands Hatch.

“We were absolutely amazed and touched by the support of Wye Valley, Brands Hatch and Ellenor,” her husband Dave said.

“They went the extra mile. We never asked, never expected that this would be possible.”

The charity was able to come to their assistance and send staff nurse Samantha Court to Brands Hatch to ensure that Sue was comfortable, pain free and the syringe driver was working appropriately.

They also put a bed on hold at the hospice in Gravesend in case Sue was taken poorly and needed to be admitted.

Vikki Harding, Ellenor director of care, said: “Hospices play a critical role in supporting a positive end of life experience for patients and their families.

“Collaboration is vital and we were delighted to work with Wye Valley to ensure that Sue and her family had the best experience possible and lasting memories.”

Sue and Dave renewed their wedding vows on August 11 after Brands Hatch, and Sue died on August 18.

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