Staff from the Macmillian Cancer Care and Shouldham Ward with Richard Ashby. Inset: Daphne Ashby. Pictures: Supplied.

A woman’s dying wish to fundraise for a cancer care unit has been fulfilled.

Richard Ashby, whose wife Daphne died last month, presented a cheque for £1,300 to both the Macmillan Cancer Care Treatment Centre and   the Shouldham Ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Mrs Ashby, who lived with her husband in Outwell, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012.

And, to celebrate her 65th birthday in January this year, she held two parties.

She asked for donations for  the Macmillian Centre instead of gifts and raised £600 from both of the events.

Mrs Ashby died on March 14 and donations following her funeral service at St. Clement’s Church, Outwell, amounted to  £700.

“Losing Daphne has been incredibly difficult for all of us, but the care she received at the hospital made it slightly easier to deal with,” said Mr Ashby.

“Daphne would have wanted me to share the news about how kind everyone was and make sure they were thanked for donating so generously.”

Vicky Mitchell, Macmillan information and support manager, said: “We are so touched that Daphne asked for donations instead of presents and that her family continued with this kindness at her funeral.

“We strive to provide excellent patient care and it means a lot to hear Daphne and her family received this from both us at the centre and our colleagues at Shouldham Ward.”