Flower power in memory of Guy

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NURSERY school children have been helping a cause close to their hearts with a celebration of spring to raise money for charity.

Bede Academy Nursery nurse Rhonda Hedley’s husband Guy was struck down with terminal stomach and bowel cancer at the age of 48.

Neighbours of the couple in Blyth rallied to the cause, raising more than £11,000 for expensive drugs to try to combat the killer disease.

Mr Hedley died after an 18-month battle with the disease, and Mrs Hedley and colleagues and children at the Blyth nursery held a fundraising event to mark the first anniversary of his death.

It took the form of a celebration of spring consisting of the planting of daffodil bulbs in decorated pots.

Parents joined their children at the nursery for the event.

The flowers, grown over the winter, were then taken home in return for donations, raising £588 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Mrs Hedley said: “We were told by doctors there was no cure and that Guy had probably had cancer for two to three years.

“He was given chemotherapy but was refused the cancer drug Avastin, so with the help of the community we paid for it – £1,800 every three weeks.

“Today has been incredible, and the parents have been brilliant.

“The Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses did a fantastic job. Their care was just amazing.”

Nursery manager Kelly Exley added: “We wanted to involve parents in something worthwhile, and the feedback has been very encouraging. This has been something very close to all of our hearts.”