Sorry to be the bearer of what I know will be very sad news for a lot of people who remember Jill so fondly as a colleague and teacher. Last Friday Jill asked her niece, Imogen, to ring me to let me know she had been admitted to a hospice in Ipswich after a brief spell in hospital where she was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
I have been in contact with Jill by letters and the odd telephone call since she moved down to East Anglia on retiring as Head of English at Church High, which has allowed me to continue to bathe in the sunshine, positivity and joyous fun being in Jill’s company endowed. But she needs us to return some of this her way now, please. Big time. When someone is so far away – and so poorly – one is able to do so very little to help. But, like me, I’m sure many of you will find it in your hearts to swiftly share with Jill how much she meant to us all.
I will let Imogen know that I’ve written this post and I’m sure she will try to share with Jill, when she visits, any comments left on this blog. But Imogen is travelling from Birmingham each time, the Mortiboys’ home patch, and will already have a lot on her own plate right now. By their very nature, hospices are set up to ensure the days before someone’s passing are the happiest they can be for them and their family/friends, so I’m including the address below for card sending.
Let’s make sure Jill knows just how much she gave to so many of us.
Jill can be contacted with your love and good wishes via the staff at:
St Elizabeth Hospice,
565, Foxhall Road,