Cancer patient Kazi Ranham has just enjoyed his first holiday in years – thanks to caring Hospice at Home volunteer Colin Suthers.
The pair went to the Isle of Wight with a little help from the Willow Foundation – a charity that funds special days for the seriously ill – and Colin’s trusty blue Renault Kangoo.
Kazi, 34, of Bury Park said: “I really wanted a break from my life to forget about my illness.
“Colin was fantastic. He suggested the Isle of Wight and agreed to accompany me. He was so supportive and helped me so much we even managed a boat trip.
“But my favourite part was visiting the Needles. It’s such a beautiful place and I was mesmerized by the views.
“I cannot thank him and Keech enough. I don’t know where I’d be without them.”
Bangladeshi-born Kazi has a rare form of cancer called synovial sarcoma. When he was referred to the hospice in 2010, he thought his time was up.
He said: “I thought ‘This is the end of my story.’ But after being there, my opinion changed totally.
“Now I feel as if I have a family again.”
Colin, 61, of Morton Road North, started volunteering three years ago when he left General Motors to become self-employed.
He said: “Kazi’s a devout Muslim and I’ve learned a lot about his religion. I’m not a believer and maybe that’s why we get on so well – we’re complete opposites. We have a very special relationship, there’s complete trust between us . . . and a lot of banter.”
He added: “The hospice has never done anything like this before. They did a risk assessment before we went and I was given numbers to call in an emergency.
“The trip was a great success and it was lovely to see Kazi doing something different. I’d happily do it again,”