Clothes swap is in memory of Reg, who ‘had a heart of gold’

Lesley and Reg Jolley. Lesley, from Shoreham, is holding an event for St Barnabas House hospice in memory of Reg, who died there in 2013.
Lesley and Reg Jolley. Lesley, from Shoreham, is holding an event for St Barnabas House hospice in memory of Reg, who died there in 2013.

Shoreham resident Lesley Jolley is holding a clothes swap party in memory of her husband, Reg.

As part of The Big Get Together for St Barnabas House today, Lesley has invited friends around to her house for a ‘Jolly Good Night In’.

She said: “Reg had a heart of gold and a kind word for everyone. But, whenever we went shopping for clothes and I would try something on, when asked what I looked like, Reg invariably answered, ‘Have they got a bigger size?’ My daughter Jenna and I thought it very fitting to have a clothing themed evening. Guests will bring their unwanted clothes and toiletries and others can make a donation for them.”

Reg was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010 but was treated and given the all clear before it re-emerged in November 2012.

He died at St Barnabas in February, 2013, having spent six days in the in-patient unit. He was also a frequent visitor to the day hospice, which he loved and used to call ‘Grandpa’s playschool’.

Lesley added: “We had amazing support from St Barnabas. They allowed me to stay the whole time, which I know gave Reg comfort. I set up a JustGiving page instead of flowers at the funeral and raised over £2,000, which is testament to the kind of guy he was.” See www.thebiggettogether.org.uk/stb

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