Little Bags of Comfort are a loving homage

Sally Bean, who tragically died with pancreatic cancer at the age of 42
Sally Bean, who tragically died with pancreatic cancer at the age of 42
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A GRIEVING husband from Sheffield who lost his wife to cancer is on a mission to bring comfort to people going through a similar experience.

Richard Bean, aged 38, from Oughtibridge, visited the Northern General Hospital’s palliative care unit to distribute gifts to dying patients and their families.

Richard’s wife Sally died at the unit just over a year ago, aged just 42, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

After her death Sally’s family founded a charity to make other patients’ lives easier in their final days.

Richard, accompanied by daughter Maisie, six, his parents Russell and Linda, and Sally’s mum Diana, handed out ‘Sally’s Little Bags of Comfort’ at the unit.

He said: “We know we’re not going to take people away from what’s happening but we want to help make the time people have left with their families as pleasant as possible.

“We hope the bags bring some joy to patients and their families.”

The bags were funded by money donated by friends and relatives at Sally’s funeral and since, and Richard hopes to give out up to 250 bags in the next few months.

The packs include lip balms, chocolate, cosy socks, message pads, hairclips, room freshener and other items to make life more comfortable for patients and their families.

Richard said: “In those last few days with Sally I couldn’t find a hairclip to keep her hair out of her face. It sounds ridiculous but I was close to tears for wanting a little thing like that. At a time like that these things make a lot of difference.”

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