Jack Charlton visits the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle

Last week, football legend Jack Charlton visited the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle as a tribute to MH17 victims Liam Sweeney and John Alder, and took part in our Tuesday morning exercises.

During the visit, Jack met Barry Sweeney, father of Liam Sweeney, and his wife Lesley, who is a day patient at the hospice. They spoke to him about his career and showed him Magpie, a tribute sculpture recenltly installed in the hospice garden, created for their son by local sculptor Gary Tiplady.

Both Barry and Lesley were delighted to have met Jack and appreciated his kind gesture of getting involved with Marie Curie. Lesley said, “I’ve heard about him all of my life and it was a great pleasure meeting him, he’s a hero.”

Jack also took part in the Tuesday morning exercises led by physiotherapist Patrick, who intuitively altered the programme to include a football theme, which Jack, the staff and patients thoroughly enjoyed. “It’s been a pleasure to come along and meet the staff, patients and volunteers at the Marie Curie hospice”, Jack said before leaving. “The work they do for people with terminal illnesses is fantastic and should be applauded.” All the hospice staff and patients were delighted about Jack’s visit, which lifted everyone’s spirits and brought a smile to all our faces. Thanks Jack!

Jack Charlton