Cash raised to help ‘our Ann’ in her final days

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An Ilkeston chip shop owner has raised cash for a cancer charity after the death of a well known employee.

Ann Hudson, 69, had worked at Jackson’s Chippy on Market Street for 28 years and died from oesophageal cancer in July.

Her death prompted chip shop owner Dennis Jackson, 75, to raise £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after taking part in a sponsored 87-mile bike ride to Skegness.

Dennis challenged friends, cycling groups and customers to donate by offering £30 worth of fish and chips to whoever could guess how long it would take him to cycle to the Lincolnshire seaside resort.

He completed the ride in three hours, 18 minutes.

Dennis said Ann was a wonderful woman and full of life: “It’s awful that God needs her up there when we need her down here.”

Ann’s husband Sam, 73, a retired electrician of Manor Road, said: “It’s hard living without her.”

The money will go towards community palliative care run by the Royal Derby Hospital.

Palliative care nurse Sue Reynolds said: “I helped to look after Ann while she was at home. I visited several times to help with her symptoms and support her family.”