“It’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

When Ron and his wife Jackie were told that Ron had pancreatic cancer they turned to their local hospice for support.

“Doctors told us that the cancer had spread to his liver,” explained Jackie from Erdington. “Ron decided against treatment and he didn’t want to stay in hospital. That’s when the Community Team at John Taylor Hospice were there for us.”

Clinical Nurse Specialists from the hospice visited Ron, as and when needed, to provide expert end of life care and make sure he was as comfortable as possible.

“The nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people,” said Jackie, 69. “They just instil confidence and they put my mind at rest. Ron was of course their primary concern but they never forgot about me. It’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Ron died on 7 March 2017, just four weeks after his diagnosis and one day before his and Jackie’s 48th wedding anniversary. As a special thank you to hospice staff, Jackie asked family and friends if they could make donations at Ron’s funeral in his memory and in lieu of flowers.

Jackie added: “We know so many people including friends and neighbours whose lives have been touched by John Taylor Hospice and know the amount of funding that’s needed to continue providing that care.

Although John Taylor Hospice nurses only supported Ron for a short time the impact they had will never be forgotten.”

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“The care was second to none”

“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

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“Nothing is too much trouble”

“I can’t thank hospice teams enough. From fitting grab rails in my house and ordering a reclining bed, reviewing of all my medication, providing me with new medical equipment and even helping to organise domestic help for us at home – they’ve covered everything but are always willing to do even more.”

Jackie Bannister

“I don’t know where I’d be without them”

“The support I get is truly is invaluable and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m able to talk openly about my illness and ask for advice and support if I need it. I’ve made some incredible friends and the hospice is a very special place full of laughter and kindness. “

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