TRUE LOVE: A rose for selfless Allan who keeps wife smiling through Motor Neurone Disease

Guardian Rose presentation to Allan Cooley from his wife, Carrole
Guardian Rose presentation to Allan Cooley from his wife, Carrole

A selfless husband and dad who has done everything in his power to keep his family smiling after his wife was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease has been honoured with a Guardian Rose.

Worksop man Allan Cooley was presented with the accolade in a surprise ceremony on Friday, December 11.

Caring Allan was nominated by his daughter, Vicky Holden, on behalf of mum Carrole, who was diagnosed with MND two years ago.

Vicky traveled with other members of her family from Manchester, Boston, Swindon and Girton to see the touching presentation, which took place at Pathfinder’s Care Home in New Ollerton.

She told the Guardian: “Dad continues to be a tower of strength for Mum over the past four years. He has personally cared for her for three years and still he is by her side daily taking care of her needs.

“Mum is now cared for at Pathfinders, which is a specialist neurological nursing home. Dad continues to support Mum and helps her with her communication as she has lost her speech. They know each other so well he can understand her needs.”

“Mum is such a caring person and has always had a sunny disposition. They have been married for 52 years and faced many difficulties together but, thanks to Dad, Mum still keeps smiling.

Vicky also gave special thanks to Allan and Carrole’s grandchildren and cousin who ‘light up their lives’, along with her sister, brother-in law and aunts and uncles for their continued support, and all staff at Pathfinders.