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Thetford Bulldogs secretary, Kirsty Turner, raises hundreds for Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital in memory of husband





A Thetford football club secretary, manager and player has raised hundreds of pounds for charity in the memory of her husband who died last year.

Kirsty Turner, of Thetford Bulldogs, organised a match at the club’s Euston Park between coaches and members of the Under 18s team.

The charity football match, which was won by the Under 18s team on penalties, helped to raise £460 for the Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital.

Kirsty Turner with the cheque for £460 with Jules Parker, Macmillan Information Centre manager. Photo: My WiSH Charity.
Kirsty Turner with the cheque for £460 with Jules Parker, Macmillan Information Centre manager. Photo: My WiSH Charity.

Her husband Peter, a former lorry driver and packer who Kirsty was married to for 26 years, was treated at the unit after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013.

Kirsty, 49, said: “The hospital staff were really good to Peter, who had to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy throughout his illness, so I am glad we could give back to them in this small way.”

After 10 years of fighting the cancer Peter, who was 76, died in May last year.

Kirsty and Peter Turner. Picture submitted
Kirsty and Peter Turner. Picture submitted

The funds raised went to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work of the hospital, who directed the funds to the unit where Peter was treated.

Sally Daniels, fundraising manger for My WiSH, said: “As Peter was treated for such a long time the couple found staff really became part of their family including nurse, Helen Small, who cared for Peter for 10 years.

“Kirsty said Helen was always so kind, ensuring both Peter and Kirsty were comfortable. These acts of kindness are invaluable to our patients as well as their loved ones. We cannot thank Kirsty and the Thetford Bulldogs for their continued support."