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Don McPhee & Helen Frost & Lee McCue

Don McPhee & Helen Frost & Lee McCue is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £7,000 to raise money for the wedding of Angie & Alberto

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Angie and Alberto are two of the kindest, most caring fun lovely people you could meet. Their door is always open for friends and family, they are always the first to offer help if someone is in need.

Combined they have over 56 years’ service with the NHS at Eastbourne DGH. Both working tirelessly through Covid to help keep services running. Angie has worked as a ward clerk for over 20 years. If you had an operation on the Hailsham ward Angie is likely to have been the friendly face that met you, at the reception desk and delt with your administration needs. Always happy to go that extra mile for patients and visitors. Alberto started work at the DGH at the age of 21 and is a very familiar face, always focusing on providing the best service possible. They both played in the hospital darts team and Alberto in the football team.

They met at the hospital and after many years of friendship, eventually got together over 15 years ago. Bringing both their families together. Anyone that knows them would tell you how in love they are. Alberto would have loved to married Angie back then, family and work life was so busy, time has just flow by, then in more recent years the couple have been hit by illness. Alberto came to England from Maderia when he was 8 years old, living in Eastbourne ever since. He has suffered from colitis from the age of 21. In 2009 due to ulcerative colitis, during a month of hospitalisation he had to have his bowel removed and was fitted with a stoma. At the age of 40 he was absolutely devastated. Angie knew how difficult this was for him, after months of research about his condition Angie discovered there were alternative options available. After 18 months they asked for a referral to a specialist consultant in London, who agreed to create Alberto an internal pouch. Enabling him to have a better quality of life. This operation took a lot longer then anticipated and Alberto ended up with compartment syndrome in one leg. This led to him having to have further operations on his leg and a long stay in St Mark’s hospital, for rehabilitation and physio. The day before new years eve in 2017 Alberto had a heart attack and had to have 3 stents fitted.

Angie had been seeing the doctor for various symptoms that had been associated with the menopause. Symptoms can be very similar between the menopause and ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer, it is often in its advanced stages when it is diagnosed. Due to her experience Angie would like to increase awareness and encourage any women that are concerned no matter how small their symptoms are to request a CA125 blood test. In August 2022 Angie went to A and E with a pain in her side. A CT scan found two large tumours one on her ovary and one in her stomach lining, with a few smaller tumours surrounding them. She was sent over to the Conquest hospital to be seen by a consultant and diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. From there Angie was refer to Brighton to under go surgery. In the December Angie started 5 months of chemotherapy. Showing good signs of recovery Angie went back to work. In December 2023 a blood test was taken the results showed that it was likely that the cancer was back. This was confirmed in the January and Angie has been given 12 months to live. She is currently undergoing palliative chemotherapy to try to have more time with her family, friends and her beloved Alberto.

Even with all they have endured over the years, it has never stopped them helping others. They have such spirit and drive. Enjoying the company of others, always laughing out loud and just enjoying life. Their love of socialising and Karaoke with friends never fails to entertain. At home they love their house and gardening. During this already distressing time they are having to move from their beloved home for financial reasons. As Angie has had to retire on health grounds and wants to see Alberto settled into a smaller more financially manageable home before she passes. Life has given them a devastating blow, getting married means the world to them both.

I'm sure you'll agree that their story is truly heartbreaking. As Eastbourne community fundraisers, this will be the third wedding we've helped to arrange - we have lots of contacts in Eastbourne that will help us, and we have already booked Eastbourne's premier wedding venue, All Saints Chapel in Darley Road, but we really want to make this the most special wedding possible.

If you are able to donate to help make this happen, however small, we would be extremely grateful - because if there's one thing we've learnt, it's that lots of small amounts turn into a big amount.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 1, 2024

      Miracles do happen!🙏💖Big congratulations on your wedding! 💖

    • Cheryl & Cheryl Jackson-Gamlen

      Cheryl & Cheryl Jackson-Gamlen

      Apr 30, 2024

      Sending you all the love in the world on your special day xxx

      £20.00

    • Margaret and John

      Margaret and John

      Apr 30, 2024

      Sending you lots of love and can't wait for your special day.Love John and Mags. Xxx

      £10.00

    • Karl Corbett

      Karl Corbett

      Apr 30, 2024

      Have an amazing day guys xxx

      £101.45

    • Chris Mills

      Chris Mills

      Apr 29, 2024

      I wish you guys well.

    • Angela jessup Rita Jessup

      Angela jessup Rita Jessup

      Apr 16, 2024

      Have an amazing day xx 😘 ❤️

    • Seb Cox

      Seb Cox

      Apr 6, 2024

      All the best to you both! Thanks Angela for all the support and warm hospitality when I was growing up 😊

      £20.00

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