A FUND-RAISER for Martin Deacon, a lifelong Queens Park Rangers fan who was diagnosed with terminal gall bladder cancer in September, has already raised more than £9,000 for Michael Sobell Hospice. 

Martin, 53, from Ruislip, now an inpatient at Michael Sobell, Mount Vernon Hospital, has been visiting the unit a couple of days a week since he was diagnosed for respite and care.

Martin’s daughter, Katie Deacon, said: “It can be quite daunting coming to visit your family member in a hospice when they are sick.

“I remember my first time visiting my dad. I felt very anxious as I didn’t know what to expect. I had no need to worry.

“Michael Sobell is so homely, and the staff and volunteers are all so kind. Our dad has a lovely room which overlooks the garden.

“The team are also very supportive to families of the patients, which I think is just as important when you’re going through such a hard time.” 

A campaign to raise money for the hospice, set up by Martin’s two sons, Sam and George, and his wife Julie Deacon, has so far raised £9,120.

The family have also had support from QPR, with a donation of a signed first team football shirt, plus a signed Michael Van Gerwen shirt in recognition of Martin’s love of darts.

If you would like to make a donation, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katie-deacon3