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Gillian's story

Read how Gillian, a pub manager from Derbyshire, was helped by Hospitality Action.

Gillian and Maxine

Picture caption: Gillian (right) with her daughter Maxine

Gillian has worked in pubs from the age of eighteen. A popular landlady for a decade, when Gillian was diagnosed with cancer her world turned upside down.

No longer able to work, Gillian instead faced daily courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The treatment left Gillian feeling ill and exhausted made worse by the hour's drive each way to and from the hospital. It also brought back memories of her daughter Maxine, who sadly passed away from the disease two years ago, and the cancer treatment she had.

Newly separated from her husband, Gillian was fraught with worry over how she would pay her mounting bills and turned to Hospitality Action for help. We were able to give Gillian a weekly grant to help towards her general living costs, greatly reducing her anxiety at this sensitive time.

Gillian says: “You have been a massive help taking care of the bills I have been struggling to pay. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.”