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The Chester family had their lives turned upside down when Alison was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Alison's story

It was wonderful to have someone at the other end of the phone that I could talk to.

Alison, a practice nurse from Devon, had been unwell for six months before the diagnosis and had to hand her notice in as she was too ill to work.

An MRI scan revealed a 5cm tumour and following an operation and six weeks of radiotherapy, Alison underwent six months of chemotherapy.

It was a tough time for the family and emotional stresses aside, Alison and her husband were very concerned about the family's finances.

Alison was put in touch with Cavell Nurses' Trust via her GP and was very grateful for all the support she received.

"It was wonderful to have someone at the other end of the phone that I could talk to," she said. "Apart from the financial side, they gave me emotional support which was very important to me."

Although the Trust does not usually fund holidays, it felt Alison's circumstances were exceptional and a grant was awarded for a therapeutic family break.

"It was lovely to spend quality time together, especially as we had just been through a horrendous few months," she said.

Alison is so grateful to Cavell Nurses' Trust that she offered to be an Ambassador for the charity to "spread the word so more nurses know that there is someone to turn to."

She added: "Our family's financial circumstances have improved now our appropriate benefits are in place so I decided to donate a small amount To Cavell Nurses' Trust each month.

"I'd like to think that if there are others who are in the same situation as me, there are enough funds to help them too."

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