Heacham widower thanks nursing team for late wife’s care

Presentation to The Coastal Community Nursing Team at the Heacham, by Adrian Wallace as a thank you for the care provided to his wife Christine.'Front LtoR, Adrian Wallace presenting the ?1426.00 to Anne Davis, with in the background LtoR, Andy Wallace (son), Sophie Caley, Kerry Crick, Claire Malinowski, Helene Sullivan ANL-160602-093328009
Presentation to The Coastal Community Nursing Team at the Heacham, by Adrian Wallace as a thank you for the care provided to his wife Christine.'Front LtoR, Adrian Wallace presenting the ?1426.00 to Anne Davis, with in the background LtoR, Andy Wallace (son), Sophie Caley, Kerry Crick, Claire Malinowski, Helene Sullivan ANL-160602-093328009
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A widower from Heacham has thanked a community nursing team for the help they gave his late wife by presenting them with a cheque.

Adrian Wallace, 58, handed over a cheque for more than £1400 to the NHS nurses for the kind care and support they provided for his wife at the end of her life.

Christine Wallace, 57, who died from cancer last October, was seen by the Coastal Integrated Nursing and Therapy Team from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

After her diagnosis, the team showed the couple continued care and support – even visiting the family during their time off.

Childhood sweethearts, Adrian and Christine were married for 38 years after meeting at school, aged just 14.

Adrian said: “When you receive a diagnosis like that, it can be a lonely place. “Christine put everybody else first so it was nice to have support when we needed it.”

The coastal team, based at Heacham, is made up of community nurses, matrons, occupational therapists, assistant practitioners and healthcare assistants covering Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton, Burnham Market, Great Massingham and the surrounding areas.

Collectively, they provide nursing and therapy for housebound patients.

As well as supporting both Christine and Adrian at home, members of the team would regularly visit the couple in hospital during their time off, on occasion staying overnight with Christine, to help the family maintain a 24-hour beside presence.

Adrian said: “We were at Christine’s bedside 24/7 and would hold her hand and talk to her.

“Some of the team stayed so that someone was with Christine all the time, and she was never on her own.

“They did so much for her that I asked for donations to NCH&C’s Charitable Fund as a way of saying ‘thank you’.

“To everybody who made a donation, large or small, into the collection for Christine, I wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for their support.

“There were an awful lot of people at her funeral. I’d like to thank everyone personally.”

Helene Sullivan, coastal nursing team manager, said: “We are very thankful for this generous donation in memory of Christine.

“As a team, we feel we feel it is so very important to provide high quality nursing care to our patients to enable them to remain at home.

“Having recognition of this by way of donations enables us to purchase extra equipment for the benefit of the coastal patients.”

The NCH&C’s Charitable fund receives donations from patients, families, carers, well-wishers and local companies, and is governed completely independently of the Trust to ensure the funds are used appropriately.