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  • Love rings true for hospice patient

    Tom Martin

    A HOSPICE patient asked his sweetheart to marry him by presenting her with an engagement ring made out of paper tissue!

    Eddie Jump, 61, who has been in St Joseph's Hospice since last November, proposed to 56-year-old partner, Dot Mackenzie, from his Thornton  hospice bed.

    After a delighted Dot said yes, Eddie gave her sister, Libby, the important job of going to shop for a real ring.

    The couple met seven years ago at a Valentine’s Day party held at the pub that Eddie used to own, The Alex, in Marsh Lane, Bootle.

    Dot says that their eyes met over a crowded bar and they have been together ever since.

    She said: “I was a carer in Lytham but I had the day off and a friend of mine who worked in the pub invited me along to the party. When I saw Eddie, it was as if our eyes locked on each other. The rest, as they say, is history.”

    After proposing, Eddie called Dot’s son, Mikey, to ask his permission. The hospice team also set to work to make them a special engagement cake to help them to celebrate to occasion.

    Dot said: “The staff at the hospice have been so amazing and take such good care of us both. The nurses, carers, cooks and cleaners are all brilliant.

    “It was so kind of the hospice cooks to bake us a cake. It meant so much to us both and just sums up how kind and loving everyone is at the hospice. They made our special moment even more special.”

    Clare Waller, Clinical Director at the hospice, said: “We were delighted to hear about Eddie’s proposal. They are a lovely couple and we are all so pleased to be able to help them celebrate such a special occasion.”


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