Loving husband’s fundraising efforts to say thank you to Macmillan Nurses who cared for his wife

James Rodmell

James Rodmell

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A LOVING husband is thanking the nurses who supported his wife through a devastating cancer battle at a fundraiser tonight.

Joyce Rodmell sadly died in July last year after an 11-week battle with liver and bowel cancer, aged 65.

Joyce Rodmell

Joyce Rodmell

Throughout her illness Joyce, a mum-of-two and grandmother-of-three and former care home worker, was supported by her caring family and friends and the “amazing” Macmillan Nurses.

Her husband, James, 69, is now expressing his thanks to the charity as he aims to raise more than £1,000 for the cause. A fundraiser featuring a performance from the Rockaholics will take place at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, from 7pm tonight.

James, a retired taxi driver who lives in Elliott Street, said: “The Macmillan nurses were absolutely outstanding, they were amazing, you couldn’t fault them.

“In November last year I said to my son, Ian, that we should organise a charity night in Joyce’s memory and show how grateful we are.”

James, who met Joyce in 1969, described his wife’s bravery throughout her ordeal.

“She never ever complained of any pain,” he said.

“She put a brave face on throughout and always told us she wasn’t in any pain. It was tough for all of us, it’s hard to describe because you know what’s going to happen but you don’t know when it’s going to happen.”

James, a dad of Ian, 38, and Marilyn Scott, 35, is hoping to raise at least £800 at tonight’s event. And every penny that is raked in will be added to the £648.50 raised by James and Joyce’s kind-hearted niece, Gaynor Hedley, from Stockton, who took part in a sponsored headshave earlier this week.

Tickets, costing £2, are available on the door.