Amanda Ritson

Johnny R

Fundraising for The Myton Hospices
raised of £1,000 target
In memory of John Ritson
The Myton Hospices

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RCN 516287
We provide care in Coventry & Warwickshire to people with a terminal illness aged 18+


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Sadly John, my dear husband and a great father passed away after fighting a tough battle to a terrible cancer. John had an incurable brain tumour, glioblastoma. 

Just to raise awareness, Glioblastomas are grade 4 brain tumours and are sometimes called glioblastoma multiforme, GBM, GBM4 or a grade 4 astrocytoma. They’re:

  • fast growing
  • diffuse - meaning they have threadlike tendrils that extend into other parts of the brain
  • likely to spread within the brain
  • may come back, even if intensively treated
  • sometimes called malignant or cancerous.

Glioblastomas are a type of glioma, which is a brain tumour that grows form a glial cell.

On the 25th July John went in to the Myton Hospice in Coventry for what we thought would be rest bite for pain relief. Sadly whilst in there he deteriorated and we were told on the 19th Aug his time would be short.

No surprise John fought to the bitter end and was in the Myton till he passed away on the 13th September. I was able to stay with John for the last 23 days of his life. I was able to be by his side whilst his big heart & strong body fought to stay with us. When he slipped away, peacefully in his sleep i too was sleeping next to him holding his arm. 

Myton provided a special environment for John and kept him comfortable and pain free at all times, a peaceful setting, providing the utmost care, not only for John, for myself, family and those who visited him.

We are heart broken beyond words, he was such a wonderful husband, a great Dad and such a kind, caring humble soul who would do anything for anyone. John took a piece of us all when he left us and life will never be the same again.

I can't explain in words what wonderful care he received at Myton. The staff were amazing, the compassion and care he received was nothing but wonderful. Nothing was ever too much trouble and everybody was always so kind.

I will forever be grateful to the Myton, for what they did for John and how they allowed me to stay with John, be his wife at that most precious time of his life. They allowed family and close friends to visit at such difficult times, especially through the heartache of COVID.

Cancer now happens to 1 in 2 people and we will never know what is around the corner for any of us or our families. His end of life care was nothing but exceptional and if every family faced with this predicament could be given this care it would help with the heartache they are going through.

In John's memory i would like to raise as much money to support the Myton hospice, not only to thank them for all they did for us as a family but so another family can benefit from the Myton's support.

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About the charity

The Myton Hospices

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RCN 516287
We support thousands of people living with terminal illnesses & their families, in our three hospices, via our patient & family support services, and in the community through Myton at Home. We need to raise £11 million this year to provide our services free of charge – we can’t do it without you!

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