Andrew Wise, known as Andy

Andy Wise was a larger than life character, an amazing daddy to Oliver and Grace and devoted husband to Christina. He will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on through his children. Andy Wise was a larger than life character who would always leave an impression on whoever he met. A loveable rouge, a grizzly bear, a rebel, a bit like marmite. He did not suffer fools lightly and spoke his mind - what you saw was what you got; there were no airs or graces. He was a tough man, a strong man but also a very funny, loving and loyal man. He had a wicked sense of humour with a child like mischievousness, with a loud and honest laugh. Andy married Christina in September 2003 and shortly after Oliver and Grace were born and completed their family. He was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer in 2011 but he never let that stop him getting on with life as normal as he would say he would wake up every morning and think to himself I still have a wife and 2 children to support and that is how he coped with having cancer. He continued to be an amazing daddy to Oliver and Grace, playing with them, cycling and coaching Oliver's rugby team even if it meant he would spend the rest of the day in bed shattered. In December 2013 the cancer seemed to get the better of Andy and he was admitted to hospital however, his sheer determination not to let this awful disease beat him, meant that he was able to take his family on what was to be their last ever holiday to Lapland. A holiday they will all treasure and remember with such wonderful memories and smiles. Andy was admitted to the hospice upon return from Lapland for pain management and spent 3 weeks in their care over Christmas and New Year and returned home under the hospice at home care. Andy continued his fight with cancer at home for another 3 weeks, before his cancer got the better of him again and he was admitted to hospital and personally requested to be transferred back to the hospice where he felt safe and secure due to the help and support given by the amazing staff. The hospice became his home and it became a second home to Christina, Oliver and Grace and they have fond memories of movie and pizza nights with Daddy at the hospice. The children also benefited from music and art therapy and were fortunate enough to record a special musical tribute to daddy the day before he died which was played to him at his funeral. On Wednesday 19th March 2014 Andy could no longer put up a fight and sadly passed away peacefully at the hospice surrounded by his family and friends. He spent a total of 9 weeks being cared for by the staff at the hospice at a time when he needed to feel safe and secure. Without them it would have been a much tougher journey and our appreciation for everything they do holds no bounds. They continue to support Christina, Oliver and Grace to this day and are all angels in disguise. This tribute fund has been set up as £480 is the average cost per day of one bed on the in-patient unit - Andy spent a total of 9 weeks being cared for by St Elizabeth Hospice which is over £30,000 of care. Whilst it would be amazing to raise this amount for the hospice, and maybe one day we will, it would be great to raise as much as we can in tribute to Andy so that others may benefit from the wonderful care that they provide, and it would mean so much to Christina, Andy, Oliver and Grace. So many memories, so many laughs, there was always a great story to tell and there was never a dull moment with Andy. Please feel free to share any stories/memories on this page and if you would like to raise money in his memory please just contact the hospice who will be only too happy to help.

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