Wilston’s first class journey

In 1961, Wilston Samuel Jackson gained the title that can never be away from him: Britain's first black train driver.


Wilston went on to drive the luxurious trains and transporting the Queen up and down the country.

In 2018, Wilston had a stroke and lost his speech, hearing and movement. He wanted to be cared for at home, and Saint Francis Hospice's Hospice at Home team happily obliged, as his wife, Naomi explained:

"A nurse from the Hospice would come round every evening. Sometimes they would just comfort me or sit with him, which gave me a chance to get some sleep in the other room.

"I didn't sleep well without someone from the Hospice there, for fear of him not being there when I woke up. I was always getting up and checking how he was, so the Hospice offering me some relief was wonderful and of great help.

Wilston passed away at home with his loved ones around him. He was 91.

Nothing made Wilston prouder than his family and the accolade of being Britain's first black driver, and nothing makes us prouder than caring for people like Wilston.

This year's Hospice Care Week theme is This Is What It Takes.

We only receive 24.8% of our total running costs from the government and need to find over £12.5m a year to continue providing our services.

You can do your bit in ensuring that our nurses are always there for people just like Wilston by supporting our Urgent Appeal — for as little as £3 a month.