Debbie Shilling – “Brave the Shave” challenge

Almost 3 years ago, Debbie Shilling’s Mother, Jane Coleman, who previously worked as a Receptionist and Administrator at Chestnut House Nursing Home in Dorchester was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Jane was committed to the residents and their families and was selfless as she continued to work regardless of her own health situation and the treatments she had to endure.

Jane inspired her family, who made the decision to show their support by taking on the challenge to “Brave the Shave” to help raise both the profile and money for Macmillan Cancer Trust. Together Debbie and Her Brother Karl raised a remarkable amount of money just short of £700.

Jane began her career working with the NHS as a Midwife back in 1970, she then worked as a sister in a special care baby unit (SCBU) at a Hospital in South Manchester. Jane officially retired with a BA Hons Degree at the age of 55, when Jane and her husband Stuart made the decision to move to Tenerife.

Jane who could not relax for too long used her skills by holding clinics to support young Expats who were having their first babies. After 9 years the decision was made to return to the Uk, and the couple settled in Dorset. It was at this time the ever-restless Jane and her family connected with Chestnut House in Dorchester. Jane as receptionist/administrator, Stuart as a driver and Debbie her daughter initially as a housekeeper. Jane sadly lost her battle with cancer in June 2019. She continues to be missed for her care, kindness, and compassion.

Debbie, who still works at the care home now as a Health care assistant, like everyone, is affected by the impact of Coronavirus. In true Debbie fashion, she gave some thought to how she might be able to make a small gesture to show her support to the NHS as a way of acknowledging her Mum who would have been 74 on Saturday 25th April and to help the NHS COVID 19 Appeal. Debbie said, “I know if my Mum were still with us today, she would have done all she could to help those struggling through this very difficult time. It is obvious Debbie is very proud of her Mum, and we have no doubt Jane would have been equally as proud of her daughter Debbie who is most definitely a chip off the old block. We wish Debbie much success with her fundraising and if you would like to make a donation her just giving page is 


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