Quiet room is a fitting tribute to much-loved Hayling Island mum

PROUD Ann Tambling's widower Ernie with daughters Beckie Tambling and Samantha Eames
PROUD Ann Tambling's widower Ernie with daughters Beckie Tambling and Samantha Eames

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FAMILY and friends of a cancer sufferer from Hayling Island have raised £9,000 in her memory.

And now a new room has opened at Queen Alexandra Hospital in her honour.

TRIBUTE Ann Tambling

TRIBUTE Ann Tambling

It will be used as a quiet area where people can go if they need somewhere quiet to sit and take in bad news.

Ann Tambling died in October last year at the age of 60, after suffering from jaw cancer.

Around £1,200 was spent on the room and the remaining money will be used to buy new equipment on the head and neck cancer ward.

Husband Ernie Tambling, 66, of South Road in Hayling Island, said: ‘It’s difficult to put it into words because I know what this room is going to be used for.

‘But it’s not a sad room. It’s to comfort people.’

The money was raised at Hayling Island golf club, where Ann used to be a member. Former captain Keith Clinnick helped with the fundraising.

Before Ann died, she had told her family that she wanted to help the hospital and donations were made at her funeral instead of floral tributes.

‘Ann was always one who felt others would benefit from it,’ added Ernie.

‘She was a very kind person.

‘She was very well thought of everywhere she went.

‘Her main thought was thinking about everyone else, not herself. Not once in the three years she had cancer did she complain.

‘Ann would have appreciated the room.’

Daughter Beckie Tambling, 38, added: ‘Mum had already said that she would like to help the hospital out.

‘She would be pleased knowing now that other people can benefit from it. It just takes it away from the busy hospital.’

A plaque has been placed on the door of the room in memory of Ann.

Daughter Samantha Eames, 32, added: ‘It gives people a bit of thinking time when they have had to deal with something horrid. It looks lovely.

‘It’s welcoming for a hospital.’

Vanessa Young, Macmillan head and neck nurse clinical specialist, said: ‘We have been able to furnish a room where cancer patients and their families can spend time with members of the head and neck team away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital in a quiet, relaxed and informal environment.’