Family keep Theresa’s memory alive with generous donation

Hospice care is about so much more than people often realise.

Out in the community, our teams provide vital care to those living with life-limiting illnesses and help them to access what they need to die with dignity, at home.

The Personal Health Budget Team (PHB) provide those little extras that may not come to mind when you think about hospice care – things like bedding, towels, pillows, even baby monitors so families and carers can leave their loved ones while they take a quick break, knowing they can still keep an eye on them.

Recently, the PHB Team helped a young woman named Theresa, who was being cared for by hospice nurses after her brain cancer condition started to worsen.

The team were even able to put on a delicious afternoon tea spread for Theresa and her family at their home so they could spend that vital time together before she passed away in November last year.

As a thank you, Theresa’s brother, Craig, and his partner, Charlotte, kindly donated a huge stock of items to the PHB Team in Theresa’s name, and they want to continue the generous donation each year to keep her memory alive.

Craig said: “Theresa was a very shy person so it was great that she was able to build up such a nice relationship with the John Taylor nurses.

“As her condition deteriorated, more care was needed. John Taylor Hospice provided some of that care initially, and we also had another care company filling in the gaps. Someone from the hospice contacted me and said there was funding available for other requests like hospital beds and to access more care. So for the last four weeks of Theresa’s life, we had access to full care.

Craig and Charlotte

“I wanted to do something to keep Theresa’s memory alive so I spoke to Deb from the PHB team who explained about how not all patients can afford to buy bedding, pillows, towels, etc and that physical donations of items can help them a lot. So I said tell me what sort of things you need, and we’ll sort it.”

Craig praised everyone from the hospice who helped his sister, and thanked the nurses for making everyone feel so comfortable when they visited the house.

He added: “Our whole family is just so grateful. I mean, the morning Theresa went downhill, I rang up and within half an hour there were three nurses in the house.

Craig and Charlotte with the PHB Team at John Taylor Hospice

“Theresa would not have been able to die with dignity without hospice help. She wanted to pass in her own home, and she was able to – you can’t put a price on that.”

Jan Hipkiss, Clinical Lead for the Social Hub, said: “Most people don’t ask for big things, it’s just items like bed sheets and towels. Sometimes people may come on the ward with little items, and we can provide a dressing gown or slippers, just for that little extra bit of comfort.

“All the teams across the hospice work together to achieve the best possible end of life care for patients. You can have a better death by being involved in the hospice.”

We want to say a huge thank you to Theresa, Craig, Charlotte and their whole family for this kind and generous donation – your support means the world and it means we can continue to help the people who need it most in our community.

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