THOUSANDS of pounds is being raised for Myton hospices after the tragic death of Ross Blair, husband to TV actress Holly Matthews, and son of ex-Coventry and Aston Villa footballer Andy Blair.
The 32 year-old father of two girls passed away at the charity’s hospice in Warwick three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Ex-Byker Grove, The Bill and Waterloo Road star Holly posted updates on social media in his final days and since.
She has also taken to Facebook and Twitter for a fundraising push for Myton Hospices, and expressed the family’s gratitude for the hospice’s care, love and support.
A Just Giving Page – justgiving/iamhollymatthews – was set up before property developer Ross’ death, and is taking donations.
It reads: “In 2014 my husband Ross was diagnosed with grade 4 brain cancer, we always knew it was a tough illness and had dealt with that knowledge.
“We all hope we will never need the services of a hospice, but believe me when I tell you that if and when you do, you will be so truly grateful that they are here.
“Myton must raise over £8million per year and they need our help to continue giving very sick people the love and respect that they deserve.”
Myton Hospice chief executive Ruth Freeman offered her ‘deepest condolences’ to teh family.
She added: “On behalf of everyone at Myton, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Holly and to the family and friends of Ross.
“Holly has been unbelievably brave and in giving such wonderful on-going feedback about the care given at Myton she has done more to raise the profile of the work that we do than anything we could say ourselves.
“Her continuing efforts to raise funds have been inspirational – she has touched the hearts of all us here at Myton while Ross was a patient in our In Patient Unit at Warwick.”
Visit www.mytonhospice.org for further details.