Dying Wingerworth mum’s plea for help for Ashgate Hospice

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A mum-of-three battling terminal cancer has urged people to support an Ashgate Hospice appeal.

Karen Hillsden, 50, from Wingerworth has doggedly endured 17 operations including a double mastectomy since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Despite undergoing bouts of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, inoperable tumours have been found in Karen’s chest wall.

Karen, who lost her cousin to the illness, said: “At Ashgate you are not just someone in a waiting room, they see the whole person and genuinely understand and care about what you are going through.

“For me I know that whenever I am low there is always someone here that will listen to me. Ashgate Hospice is not just a place to come and die, it is about coming here to learn how to live the life you have left.”

Now she is calling on people across Derbyshire to support Ashgate’s new Rainbow Ribbons appeal.

In return for a donation you will receive a ribbon to write a personal message for someone that you can display at home or on the Rainbow Catcher at Ashgate.

To dedicate a Rainbow Ribbon go to www.ashgatehospice.org or telephone 01246 567250.

Every donation received will help to support the wide range of specialist services that Ashgate Hospice provides to people with life limiting illness and their families.