WHEN Ann Tambling knew she was fighting a losing battle against cancer, one of her last wishes was to pass away peacefully at home.
And thanks to the inspiring Dorothy’s Dream appeal her final wish was granted.
The hospice at home scheme from the Rowans hospice gives people the choice to spend their final days at home surrounded by their loved ones.
Ann, 60, had been married to Ernie for 40 years – and he is hugely grateful for the care his wife received.
To say thank you to the hospice, he held a charity golf day.
The 66-year-old, of South Road, Hayling Island, is president of the Hayling Golf Club, where his wife was also a member and player.
He said: ‘We had a shotgun start of golf and had four in a team to play 18 holes.
‘There were 160 players altogether and we were very pleased with that turnout.
‘We started one lot off at 8.15am and then the next lot went at 1.15pm.
‘There are so many people I want to thank, because without their help the day would not have been as successful as it was.’
People paid £10 to enter the golf tournament and there was also an auction.
In all £7,162 was raised, which will be donated to the hospice at home appeal.
‘My wife passed away 18 months ago with cancer and The Rowans really looked after her,’ added Ernie.
‘They gave her the opportunity to stay at the hospice, but she wanted her wish fulfilled to stay at home. And they did that.
‘We did take her to the hospice and she thought it was quite nice, but was always looking for excuses to go.
‘On the day of her funeral we collected £1,200 and we decided to give it to the Dorothy’s Dream appeal because of how they helped her.’
Ernie wants to hold an annual fundraiser in memory of his wife and has called the golf contest the Ann Tambling Memorial Competition.
Ann was diagnosed with cancer in her jaw in 2007.
Despite undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she was unable to beat the cancer.
She died at home in October 2010 – and was one of the first people to use the hospice at home service.
The hospice is now raising £1m in order to fund the Hospice at Home pilot scheme and has raised more than £800,000.
A donation to the appeal can be made by texting Dream to 70800 to donate £5.
You will be charged £5 plus one message at your standard network rate.
For more information go to rowanshospice.co.uk.