Macmillan help in memory of caring Fiona

Fiona Hoey.
Fiona Hoey.

A Macmillan Cancer Support team based in Northampton has received a fundraising gift of £1,700 in memory of a caring mother.

The money was raised in memory of physiotherapist Fiona Hoey, who worked at Danetre Hospital and died in November aged 45.

Her friends and family contributed to the fundraising appeal set up to acknowledge the support that Fiona, her husband Michael and their three children received from the Macmillan specialist palliative care team at Northampton General Hospital.

Michael said: “Fiona was a caring compassionate woman who loved her family.

“She balanced her professional physiotherapy role with raising and nurturing a family.”

He said Fiona had an inner strength that cannot be quantified and she never let her illness define her.

“She worked as a physio at the Danetre Hospital throughout this time and across the Northampton trust which reflects her love for her profession and her caring nature for her patients.

“We selected the Macmillan charity based on the quality of care and support received in Northampton General Hospital over the last month of Fiona’s life. Kerry and Hannah were focused on ensuring that Fiona was comfortable and not in any pain. They did this in a caring and compassionate way. Based on this support we as a family decided to ask for donations rather than flowers at the funeral services.”

Kerry Messam, Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse at Northampton General Hospital said: “Fiona was a very gentle, selfless and inspirational lady.

“Despite her illness, her priorities were her friends and family, but most importantly the wellbeing of Michael, Conor, Cormac and Aisling whom she loved very much and was extremely proud of.

“The monies that have been raised in memory of Fiona are a true testament to how much she was loved and respected.

“We’re hoping to use the funds for resources that will help parents and carers to support children who are preparing for, or experiencing, bereavement.”