Appeal boost in Matthew’s name

Raising cash for Safe Hands - Edith Wilcock of Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge
Raising cash for Safe Hands - Edith Wilcock of Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge
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A KIND-HEARTED pensioner left devastated by the death of her nephew is backing our Safe Hands appeal.

Edith Willcock, 73, lost her nephew Matthew Turton to cancer in 2005 when he was just 28.

But she has used Matthew’s tragic death to positive effect by organising events and collecting money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and has so far raised more than £1,000 for the charity.

Edith said: “It was a very upsetting time to see a young man suffering with cancer. Matthew was very courageous. He was buried in the same churchyard he was married in just weeks before he died.

“The nurses from Marie Curie stayed with Matthew overnight during his final days at home. They provided a great amount of support. That’s why I wanted to do all I can to help them.”

The appeal is aiming to raise £86,000 for Marie Curie nurses to ensure they can continue working in the borough.

A long-term charity supporter, Edith has been involved with 14 different charities over the years, including the British Heart Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind, and worked in the Wigan and Leigh Hospice Shop in Platt Bridge for two years.

The Reporter wants to raise £86,000 for Marie Curie – the amount needed to cover the cost for the charity’s nurses to provide free care for terminally ill patients across the borough for the next 12 months.

Send cheques made payable to: Marie Curie Cancer Care to Holly Smith, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Wigan Safe Hands Appeal, 1 Jones Court, Jones Square, Stockport, SK1 4LJ.

To let us know of any fund-raising events you are staging for Marie Curie, contact David Mercer on 01942 506261 or email