Recovering nurse inspires slimmers to support Northfleet hospice
PUBLISHED: 10:16 07 July 2011
»A nurse who survived a brain tumour was the inspiration for a slimathon which saw the donation of bed linen to the hospice where she works.
Gill Collins, 54, has just returned to work at the EllenorLions Hospice, Northfleet, after life-saving surgery to remove a 3cm wide tumour from her brain.
While recovering Mrs Collins, who lives in Stroud, joined a weight loss club, Slimming World in Cliffe Woods, and her remarkable story inspired her group to lose 300lb – in excess of 21 stone – in just 12 weeks, more than a stone per woman.
She said: “I was just the catalyst for this wonderful group to come together and do this. They very much wanted to give something rather than money, and because I work on the ward they decided to buy this beautiful linen. I am so proud of what they achieved.”
Diagnosed in September last year, Mrs Collins had brain surgery in January, was given the all clear in April and returned to work on reduced-hour shifts the next month.
“After surgery I was on a lot of drugs and put on a lot of weight, particularly with the steroids, which is how I came to join the group,” she said.
Group leader Sue Tallantire was at the hospice on Monday to hand over the 24 bedspreads and 12 bed side lamps.
She said “Gill has worked so hard and as a group we were delighted to support the wonderful work she does.”
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