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Loose Women’s Jane McDonald in touching gesture to hospital that looked after partner


Jane McDonald has made a touching gesture to the hospital where her partner was looked after in his final months.

After paying tribute to the “wonderful” staff there, the singer and TV star has asked her thousands of fans to make a donation to Wakefield Hospital in memory of her late partner Ed Rothe.

The 58-year-old announced yesterday that Ed, formerly a drummer Liquid Gold and later The Searchers, had sadly died at the end of March following a battle with lung cancer.

Today she tweeted asking fans who wanted to send flowers to instead make a donation to the hospital via a JustGiving page.

“Further to the sad passing of Ed Rothe,” the fund-raising page’s description reads, “we have been inundated with very kind offers to send flowers and also give donations to charity in his memory.

“We would very much like to support Wakefield Hospice who did a wonderful job in supporting and looking after both Ed and Jane.”



Jane McDonald and Ed Rothe back in 2003

A statement released on Jane’s Twitter page revealed Ed’s funeral took place yesterday (April 7).

It also thanked fans for their kindness and asked them to leave her to mourn in private.

Fans rushed to support the star, saying: “So very sorry, so soon after your beloved mum. No words will heal your pain right now. Take comfort from the wonderful and happy memories, and the love that surrounds you always. X”

A second wrote: “Oh what awful news . My heart goes out to you jane . You always spoke about him on your tours and shows with such love . Sending special thoughts your way.”

A third added: OMG Jane this is heartbreaking to read sending love and condolences to you all at this very sad time our thoughts are with you may Ed rest in peace xx”





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