On Friday 3rd June, St John’s was filled with over 300 people who came together for the funeral of Nicola Canning (of Linkfield Road), mother of 3 children, and a TA at Isleworth Town Primary School, who died after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease. The family have had links with St John’s over the years, and her husband Derrick spoke passionately about his journey. Nicky had the terrible, terrible Motor Neuron disease these last 6 months, and in the last 3 months was effectively disabled. I looked after her – I never left her side, I cared for her from A-Z. She lost everything – her ability to walk, and then to talk. This was devastating as she was such a beautiful, active and caring person. This is an aggressive disease that was unbearable for all of us to watch take hold of Nicky. On the 21st May, a Saturday, the family were at her bedside including sisters Lucy and Sarah. I was the only one who would help her move on the bed. And on that Saturday, while I was holding her arms, my wife passed away in my hands. Belief in God is hard at this time, but I am thankful I could be with her when she died and I have continued to pray for strength for myself and my children. Please can we all commit ourselves to raising awareness and financial support for those who are working hard to find out how to stop this terrible disease from ravaging wonderful people like Nicola. In particular, I would like to draw to your attention the work of the Motor Neuron Disease Association and the research and care they provide for sufferers and their families.
Please remember Derrick and his family in your prayers and consider making a donation to the Motor Neuron Disease Association.