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Hospice charity gave Diane strength.

Seven years ago, Diane Kinch received the news which is the stuff of everybody's worst nightmares.

The scourge of breast cancer had struck. In the space of a dreadful few months, she also found herself having to battle a brain tumour, double pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis.

Many people would have been crushed but Diane made her way through, with the help of George Thomas Hospice Care, the charity which offers home care nursing support for patients with a terminal or life-limiting illness.

Diane was diagnosed in May 1997, and although she is still in remission and will have to take steroids for the rest of her life, the charity's support has given her a brighter vision for the future.

The 55-year-old, of Barnwood Close, St Fagans, Cardiff, said: 'At the time, I felt very down. But I have two sons and I wanted to live on for them.'

With the backing of the hospice, Diane, found the strength to cope.

So it is hardly surprising she is 100 per cent behind the Echo's Ty George Appeal.

With your help, we are aiming to raise pounds 500,000 over the next 14 months towards building of the charity's new centre in the grounds of Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff. Please help us build, equip and run the new Ty George Hospice Centre to care for those with a terminal or life-limiting illness.

Donations should be made payable to 'Echo-Ty George Appeal' and sent to: Echo-Ty George Appeal, The Editor, South Wales Echo, Cardiff, CF10 1XR.

You can also send donations to: Echo-Ty George Appeal, George Thomas Hospice Care, 10 Ty Gwyn Road, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5JE. Or, you can pay them directly into the appeal account which is held at the Julian Hodge Bank, 10 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BX.

The account name is 'Echo-Ty George Appeal', the account number is 02260001, and the sort code is 30 16 27.

You can pay into that account from any branch of any bank, but you must quote both the account number and sort code. Don't forget to include your name, address and a daytime phone number (unless you wish to remain anonymous) with every donation.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 8, 2004
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