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Musician surprises wife with concert on Saint Francis Hospice ward

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 October 2016

Skip Atkins surpised his wife Jan with a concert during his visit to Saint Francis Hospice

Skip Atkins surpised his wife Jan with a concert during his visit to Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

A talented musician surprised his wife at a hospice with a special concert on the ward caring for her.

Jan and Skip Atkins Jan and Skip Atkins

Skip Atkins, 57, of Upminster, sang the iconic hit Only You by Vince Clarke and played the guitar, when he visited his wife Jan, 58, who suffers from breast cancer at the inpatient unit at Saint Francis Hospice last week.

The guitarist, who has played in bands for years, decided to use his talent to raise money for the charity, which has been looking after Jan since June last year.

“I am so proud of Skip and what he is doing for the hospice and it really made me smile when I heard him singing on the ward,” said Jan.

Skip added: “I am so pleased that it has been a success as I feel I am doing something to help Jan by helping the hospice that is caring for her.”

Earlier this month, Skip raised £200 to fund end of life care by busking in High Street, Brentwood, and previously raised £1.600 after taking part in the 10k Vitality London race in May.

The couple and parents of two will be celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary next month.

Skip will perform again in Brentwood High Street on November 5 and December 16 for the hospice.

To support him, visit his fundraising page.

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