Morgan Est supports Hospiscare's work in Honiton
PUBLISHED: 08:10 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010
THE employers of a terminally ill Honiton man have donated £500 towards the cost of nursing support being provided to him by Hospiscare.
THE employers of a terminally ill Honiton man have donated £500 towards the cost of nursing support being provided to him by Hospiscare. Joe Gilson, 64, of Orchard Way, says the service being provided by nurse Angela Phillips and her colleagues is a "lifeline". Mr Gilson is suffering from prostate cancer that has spread to his bones. His condition is incurable. He and his wife, Carol, last week presented Mrs Phillips, clinical nurse manager of Hospiscare's community nursing team in East Devon, with a cheque for £500 from Morgan Est, a civil engineering company based in Rugby. The cash is to boost nursing support in the Honiton area. "Hospiscare nurses are absolutely fantastic - a lifeline," Mr Gilson told the Herald. "They are on the end of the telephone and it is a comfort to think that somebody is out there caring for you when you so need it." Mr Gilson has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drip treatment to strengthen his bones. His wife has found the experience more bearable thanks to Hospiscare's support. "Cancer is a mind-boggling illness," Carol said. "All of a sudden, you are faced with lots of thoughts. We've had a small team from hospiscare there to help us. "Within minutes, they can answer your questions. If it is important, they are on your doorstep within half an hour." Carol doesn't know how she would have coped without the nurses' help. "Without them, I would have had a nervous breakdown or chucked myself off a bridge," she said. "They have kept me sane. I can't do without them." Mr and Mrs Gilson are not at all surprised by Morgan Est's generosity. Mr Gilson says the firm is a fantastic employer and that the gift to Hospiscare is just one reflection of that.