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Worcester News: Ann uses Valentines Day to repay her partner's good deeds Ann uses Valentines Day to repay her partner's good deeds

PEOPLE go to great lengths on Valentine’s Day to show their loved ones just how much they care.

But for one Worcester woman, today was an opportunity to thank her other half for always going above and beyond. Ann Davies lives in Lower Wick with her partner of 12 years, James Rothery, and their two sons Lewis, aged six, and Harry, 21 months.

Miss Davies, who works part-time at Debenhams, was born with the genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) - a neurological disorder that affects one in 4,000 people.

Its symptoms include multiple benign, soft tumours and changes in skin pigmentation. It can also affect nerves throughout the body, including in the brain and spinal cord.

The couple’s youngest son also has NF1 and this means regular trips to hospital for treatment.

Last summer, the 33-year-old - who also has hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) - was rushed into hospital.

The mum-of-two spent 10 days in Birmingham, during which time Mr Rothery took care of the running of the household, as well as continuing to work at Worcester College of Technology’s study centre and making hospital trips.

And her partner was by her side when she had to undergo another operation last week to remove a tumour.

Miss Davies said: “My condition means you can have lumps growing at any time in your body. You can lead a normal life, but you have to be aware of your limitations. I can’t drive due to my shunt and James has just been amazing.

“He’s a wonderful, charming, affectionate person. I know I haven’t probably been the nicest to him at times because my medication affects my mood, but he’s a very understanding person.”

To thank Mr Rothery for his unfaltering love and support, Miss Davies entered a competition run by Worcester’s Youthcomm Radio to win a VIP Valentine’s Day cinema date.

Listeners were asked to write in with who they would take as their date and why, with the most romantic tale going on to win.

Breakfast presenter Chris Keen chose them as the winners. He said: “There were a few touching stories but this one really did pull on the heart strings.”

Sadly, the couple could not use their prize tonight as they were unable to find a babysitter at short notice, however, Miss Davies said she was delighted to win.

She said: “Between myself and Harry, we have so many hospital appointments. It’s really hard to try and fit everything in. This is my way of saying thank you to James.”

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4:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

littlemshappyannie says...

Hello all, Thank you for reading my story i am very happy i won the VIP tickets but my partner was unable to attend our prize and we did not have a baby sitter, so we were both heart broken and gutted. I more so after the effort i went though to show my partner how much i care. We were unable to get the day moved as we had to use the tickets last night. Overall i was pleased i was chosen, but just disspointed that we could not go!! love Ann x
Hello all, Thank you for reading my story i am very happy i won the VIP tickets but my partner was unable to attend our prize and we did not have a baby sitter, so we were both heart broken and gutted. I more so after the effort i went though to show my partner how much i care. We were unable to get the day moved as we had to use the tickets last night. Overall i was pleased i was chosen, but just disspointed that we could not go!! love Ann x littlemshappyannie
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1:23pm Sat 16 Feb 13

queenjulia says...

I have just read this story and it has brought a tear to my eye.. This couple seem a couple that are made for each other and Miss Davies did a lovely thing entering the competition.. It was such a shame that the couple could not use there prize on thursday night due to no child care at short notice.. It also broke my heart to read above that Ann wrote that they were unable to have a different night or day, so lost there prize.

I would of been disappointed my self if this happened to my self or some one i know and i really feel sorry for this young couple as its not nice living with medical problems..

i just hope some one some where is reading this and gets in touch with the couple and offers them a complementary prize, as it seems so unfair they lost out due to no childcare. As many people know that have children when you want a night out you need to plan in advance! so i hope some one has a heart of gold offers the couple a different prize..
I have just read this story and it has brought a tear to my eye.. This couple seem a couple that are made for each other and Miss Davies did a lovely thing entering the competition.. It was such a shame that the couple could not use there prize on thursday night due to no child care at short notice.. It also broke my heart to read above that Ann wrote that they were unable to have a different night or day, so lost there prize. I would of been disappointed my self if this happened to my self or some one i know and i really feel sorry for this young couple as its not nice living with medical problems.. i just hope some one some where is reading this and gets in touch with the couple and offers them a complementary prize, as it seems so unfair they lost out due to no childcare. As many people know that have children when you want a night out you need to plan in advance! so i hope some one has a heart of gold offers the couple a different prize.. queenjulia
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5:17pm Mon 18 Feb 13

littlemshappyannie says...

Hello again... its Ann Davies here, i am the young lady in the story above.

Thank you "queenjulia" for your lovely comment.

Sadly i will like to confirm we have lost our prize as we were unable to attend on thursday night and VUE were unable to offer us other night.

Thank you for reading my story tho
Hello again... its Ann Davies here, i am the young lady in the story above. Thank you "queenjulia" for your lovely comment. Sadly i will like to confirm we have lost our prize as we were unable to attend on thursday night and VUE were unable to offer us other night. Thank you for reading my story tho littlemshappyannie
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3:23pm Thu 21 Feb 13

queenjulia says...

Hello.... So sorry to here you have lost your prize just for not having a baby sitter

I think its wrong and harsh of VUE not being able to transfer the prize to another night.. But i think your a brave young lady dealing with your health problems and trips to the hospital. i feel very sorry for you for losing your prize.
Hello.... So sorry to here you have lost your prize just for not having a baby sitter I think its wrong and harsh of VUE not being able to transfer the prize to another night.. But i think your a brave young lady dealing with your health problems and trips to the hospital. i feel very sorry for you for losing your prize. queenjulia
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