Money raised in memory of Matthew

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Family and friends of an Ilkeston man who died of a brian tumour have raised £3,000 for a charity that supported them during his last days.

Matthew Stenson, 28, died in May, four years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Treetops nurses supported Matthew’s parents in the run up to his death by caring for him at home.

His mum, Jayne Fravolini, said: “Me and Matthew’s dad were looking after Matthew in shifts throughout the night.

“You come to a point when you’re physically and mentally exhausted and you need professional help.

“Even though we’re his parents and we wanted to care for him, we weren’t trained in things such as how to lift properly.

“There’s also medication and the Treetops nurses were able to give Matthew pain relief. That was so vital in the night because other than that we’d have to call the district nurses out and wait for them.

“The nurses not only cared for Matthew, they would also talk to the whole family when he was asleep, they really helped get us through it.”

Friends Rebecca Knighton and Samantha Huckle decided to hold a fundraising event to celebrate Matthew’s life and to say thank you to Treetops.

The idea came when Samantha’s 13-year-old daughter Millie decided she wanted to have her ponytail cut off to raise money.

Rebecca said: “Millie was inspired to have her hair cut by something she’d seen on Facebook and so we decided to make it an all-day event.

“We always knew we wanted to do something to honour and remember Matt and this was the perfect way.”