17th May, 2021

Bromsgrove mum whose family was helped by the Primrose Hospice becomes ambassador for the charity

A BROMSGROVE mum who has seen first hand the positive impact support from the Primrose Hospice can have has been made an ambassador by the charity.

Sharon Johnson, from Finstall, cried ‘happy tears’ when she found out her new role.

She and her family were supported by the hospice when her husband Chris was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2018.

The charity felt the 50-year-old would be the perfect ambassador after her dedication to raising both awareness and money for the hospice.

Sharon and Chris starred in the charity’s Christmas campaign in 2019 and raise awareness of the hospice on television and radio interviews.

Sharon has also set up a fund-raising group #WMPMND which has so far raised over £28,000 for Primrose and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after the 2020 Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon they were due to run in was postponed.

She said: “When I received the letter asking me to be an ambassador for Primrose Hospice the tears just rolled down my cheeks.

“It is such an honour to be asked but I don’t do it to be recognised.

“Primrose Hospice has become a massive part of our lives so I do it because I love it and it is such an amazing facility to have on our doorstep.”

Sharon and the #WMPMND group original target was to raise £1,000 but they have just smashed through their latest target to raise £27,520, based on Sharon’s West Midlands Police collar number.

They are now aiming to raise £32,280, Sharon and Chris’ police collar numbers combined, which will be split between the two charities.

Despite the postponement of the Rock n Roll Marathon, the group of 350 runners have taken part in other challenges including a virtual 50 mile challenge in January to mark Sharon’s 50th birthday.

The hospice’s ambassador role is vital in helping inform the community about the important work Primrose does providing care and support to people with life-limiting conditions, their families and bereaved adults and children.

David Burrell, CEO of Primrose Hospice, said: “Sharon will make a fantastic ambassador for Primrose Hospice as her efforts so far have proved.

“At every opportunity the couple have been incredible at raising the profile of their local hospice and breaking the stigma surrounding hospices by sharing their positive experiences at Primrose.

“We are incredibly grateful for all of their efforts and are really proud to welcome Sharon to Team Primrose.”

Primrose continues to provide care and support with online and telephone services as well as face-to-face appointments where necessary.

People who need Primrose’s care services should speak to their GP for a referral.

Anyone needing Family Support following a bereavement should call 01527 889799.

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