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A music teacher is organising a special concert to help fund a specialist bed at Ashgate Hospice after her husband received “out of this world” care earlier this year.
Sarah Evans is holding the event at All Saints Church in Ashover on 3rd September in memory of her husband, Tim Evans, who died in the hospice’s care in February, aged just 56.
The 50-year-old, from Ashover, wants to raise £2,000 towards a new bed at the hospice’s Inpatient Unit – an idea inspired by how comfortable Ashgate made Tim in his final days.
Tim was diagnosed with Metastatic Rectal Cancer in 2019 and received palliative care for three years until his death six months ago.
Sarah says he was a “wonderful” husband and father, who loved his family and two children, Lucy, 16, and Alice, 13, “more than anything”.
“After three years of battling, Tim slipped peacefully away in Ashgate Hospice on 27th February this year,” she said.
“The care we’ve received has just been out of this world. We have had wonderful support from the palliative care nurses, counselling for me and our girls and help from the social care team too.
“The bed he had was just amazing and we want other people to be able to have the same experience.
“Thank goodness for Ashgate and all the other hospices up and down the country. We couldn’t have managed without them!”
The concert, dubbed the Tim Evans Musical Extravaganza, will take place on 3rd September between 3pm and 7pm and a host of local musicians will perform.
Among the acts performing are the Honey Belles, Ashover Brass Band and Ashover Celebration Choir, as well as Sarah, her two daughters, her niece and a selection of her musician friends.
There will be a break for afternoon tea and Sarah is kindly asking for people to make donations of cakes and scones as well as raffle prizes.
Hayley Wardle, Director of Quality and Patient Care added: “It’s so sad that Tim is no longer with us but I’m glad we were able to be there for him, as well as Sarah and her daughters, at the end of his life.
“At Ashgate we always try to go above and beyond to create lasting memories for our patients, so to hear that one of our specialist beds made Tim so comfortable is just wonderful.
“The fact Sarah and her daughters are organising this concert so more families can have that experience in the future is just lovely.
“I’d like to wish them the best of luck for the concert and thank them for helping us to fund our care for the people who need us most.”
Anyone who would like to attend the Tim Evans Musical Extravaganza can make a suggested donation of £10 per ticket via Sarah’s JustGiving page.