LOVE knows no bounds for this week’s Guardian Rose winner whose husband said she’s an “exceptional wife and woman” in every way.
Jim Hall, of Harrington Street, Worksop, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, nominated wife Sharon, for the special award to show his appreciation for her unbending love and support.
The are both enjoying finding love again after they had their first date on Valentine’s Day in 2009 - marrying just eight months later.
Sharon, who works as an office administrator at Lafarge in Whitwell, was stunned to receive the Rose.
“This is the nicest thing anybody has ever done for me,” she said.
“I knew Jim had Parkinson’s when we first started going out but I just see past it.”
“Life’s difficult enough as it is, some days are good and some are bad but you just have to take it as it comes and work as a team.”
Ex-miner Jim said Sharon goes beyond the call of duty, helping him with everything from getting ready in the morning to sorting his medication.
“She’s an absolute saint. I have very interrupted sleep and have to get up at 3.30am every day. It takes a lot for someone to look after a person with a degenerative disease but Sharon does so much for me ,” he said.
Jim had to have his hip replaced in March last year, and said Sharon’s work had been extremely supportive.
“It made such a difference with the help they gave Sharon - I don’t know what we’d have done otherwise,” he said.
The couple had to face their fair share of sceptics when they started going out, but Sharon said love is what keeps them together.
“Some people said I’d end up being a carer to Jim instead of a wife, but that’s just not true. We have proved everyone wrong,” she said.
“We have similar interests and make the most of being together. I have even taken up coarse fishing with Jim.”
Added Jim: “ Asking Sharon out was the best thing I did. I just count myself lucky to have found someone like her - she truly is an exceptional woman.”