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Charity cheque in memory of Alistair

A cheque for �850 was presented to Petra McMillan, patron of the Marie Curie charity from Carolyne Thom and Allison Thom. This was from a funeral collection in memory of their father, Alistair Thom.

A cheque for �850 was presented to Petra McMillan, patron of the Marie Curie charity from Carolyne Thom and Allison Thom. This was from a funeral collection in memory of their father, Alistair Thom.

A Carnoustie family touched by the free nursing care their dying father received at home has paid tribute to the charity which made it possible.

Sisters Carolyne and Allison Thom expressed their deep gratitude for the “brilliant” care shown by Marie Curie Cancer Care’s nurses during their late father Alistair’s illness.

As a token of their appreciation, the sisters united to present a cheque for £850 - the proceeds of Alistair Thom’s funeral collection - to the charity’s Angus patron, Petra McMillan, at his former home in Carnoustie on Monday.

Carolyne said: “The nurses we had were just brilliant. Nothing was to much trouble for them. They went above and beyond to make sure dad was comfortable and to ensure his dignity.

“We didn’t know this service existed but we know now and we just wanted to say thank you to Marie Curie for giving our dad the choice to be at home.”

Alistair, who ran the hardware shop Fobel for 20 years before his retirement, was determined to be at home when his cancer diagnosis proved terminal, close to his wife of 50 years, Margaret.

As Margaret’s primary carer, he wanted to ensure his wife’s safety and comfort as dementia tightened its grip on her health.

Marie Curie, which provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, worked with Alistair’s daughters to ensure his wish was granted.

Alistair died on January 9 aged 70 at home, with his wife and daughters by his side.

 

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