Myton helped John’s final wish come true

John enjoys the day with brother Andy.
John enjoys the day with brother Andy.

When lifelong Tottenham Hotspurs fan John Halstein expressed his wish to see his favourite team play one more time, the physiotherapy team at Rugby Mhyton Hospice went above and beyond to make his dream come true.

His brother Andy wrote to the club to check the family would be able to access the wheelchair zone by the side of the pitch.

The father-of-two had been an avid Spurs fan since 1948 and now he wanted to head to White Hart Lane to see them play one last time. Within a matter of weeks, Spurs Wishes, a charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of terminally ill fans of all ages, replied to Andy’s enquiry, offering them an executive box for Tottenham’s match against West Bromwich Albion on in April.

John’s partner Sylvia Barlow, said: “The staff at Myton are very special people.

“They were all counting down the days with him and everyone wanted to make sure he was well enough to go.”

Although the family were very happy to have received such a great opportunity, concerns grew as to how they would be able to safely get John to the football stadium. With help from her colleague, Liz Ball, Jo took it upon herself to organise transport and a wheelchair for the family to use to ensure John’s wishes were fulfilled.

John was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2012, first accessing the services at Myton when he was admitted to Warwick Myton Hospice for respite care in February 2016.

He died at Warwick Myton Hospice on May 16, just 13 days before his 75th birthday.

When describing their experience at Myton, Sylvia said: “John was such a kind-hearted man who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. This is why we wanted to do all we could to make sure he was able to see his favourite football team one final time.

“We can’t thank Myton enough for what they did. Nothing was too much trouble- they were amazing.”

This week is Hospice Care Week and Myton is appealing for volunteers and donations. Visit www.mytonhospice.org