Jayne & Nigel first met in 1984 at the Adam and Eve nightclub in Rotherham. Nigel says it was Jayne’s amazing eyes that first attracted him to her, and he soon fell for her personality and humour. The couple married in October of 1992, and in April 1999, their son, James, was born. They relished the role of parents and dedicated their lives to James – never once missing a school play, concert or special assembly.
The family enjoyed holidays at home and abroad, and Jayne especially loved holidays in Cornwall – her favourite place being St Ives. Jayne and Nigel had busy social lives and spent a lot of time at both Wickersley cricket club and Sitwell and Wath golf clubs.
In February 2014, family life was rocked by the news that Jayne had a brain tumour.
Jayne began attending Day Hospice in July 2015. She loved it, and she looked forward to it each week. She enjoyed the normality of getting out and meeting people, rather than focussing on her illness. She particularly enjoyed the complementary therapy sessions, and she also made a memory box for James.
On 29th October 2015 Jayne was admitted to the Inpatient Unit. She thought she would be in for a short stay before returning home, but Nigel knew that this was going to be end of life care for Jayne. He tells us “Rotherham Hospice is an amazing place. The whole team became like a second family to us. Jayne was in the Hospice for 6 weeks, and I stayed with her for around 12-15 hours every day. The whole team, from the housekeepers to the care staff were so lovely to us. Jayne received excellent care and there was tremendous support for us all.”
Jayne died with Nigel and her parents by her side on 12th December 2015, aged 51.
Nigel set up a JustGiving page in Jayne’s memory and was overwhelmed by the support he received. The current total raised now stands at over £5,000, which includes money collected at Jayne’s funeral. With gift aid added where applicable, this total will be around the £6,000 mark. Nigel says “I am humbled by how many people have donated. We have received donations from as far away as Australia, and we even had one from a lady I met at the Hospice, whose Mum was a patient at the same time as Jayne. I hope the fundraising total will continue to grow. We are planning a cricket match in her memory later this year, so that will certainly boost the total!”
To donate to Nigel’s JustGiving page, visit www.justgiving.com/Nigel-Hatton