I'll raise £20,000 before I'm finished'
PUBLISHED: 16:05 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 23 August 2010
A CANCER patient told by doctors he had just days left to live is setting his sights on raising £20,000 for a hospice. Alan Nugent, of Elm Road, Dartford, had originally planned to raise £15,000, but upped the target when he raised that in just three wee
A CANCER patient told by doctors he had just days left to live is setting his sights on raising £20,000 for a hospice.
Alan Nugent, of Elm Road, Dartford, had originally planned to raise £15,000, but upped the target when he raised that in just three weeks.
And the 42-year-old, who has been a patient at EllenorLions Hospice, in Northfleet, since March after being diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a form of abdominal cancer, says it is the least he can do.
He said: "It's me telling them how good this place is and how good the care is.
"I would liken it more to a hotel than a hospice.
"Originally when it was mooted I should come here, I didn't want to because of the stigma surrounding hospices.
"You see them as dark and gloomy places, but it's completely different. The quality of care has been immense.
"In NHS hospitals it's not that they don't have time but they are understaffed and have so much to do. Here they make time for you, chat to you.
"They find out about you and you get to know them."
Mr Nugent also paid tribute to his wife Debora, who he described as his "rock".
"She has been absolutely brilliant," he said.
"In February she lost her father, so she has had to cope with so much but she's kept the family going.
"If anything, it's been harder for her than it has for me.
"I just take each day as it comes. It has changed my life being here."
Mr Nugent also has a daughter Megan, 11, and a nine-year-old son Callum.
He added: "They know the score, they seem to be coping very well.
"They come to visit me at least every other day."
To make a donation, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/alannugent.
Alternatively, send donations to Alan's Appeal, EllenorLions Hospices, 42 High Street, Swanscombe, Kent DA10 0AB.