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'In Walked the Angels' fundraising appeal launched

This month sees us launch our latest fundraising appeal ‘In Walked the Angels’. In it Lisa kindly shares the little touches from the St Leonard’s team which made the world of difference during her dad’s stay on our in-patient unit. Here is her story:

“My dad, Mick, was 74 when he died at St Leonard’s Hospice. Right up until becoming ill, he had more energy than most men half his age. Cycling, sea fishing, kayaking, he did it all.

“Then came the news. A lung tumor caused by exposure to asbestos in his early working life. A few months later, the doctors confirmed his diagnosis was terminal. In practical terms it meant that he couldn’t do all the activities he used to love. But he could still walk his dog for several miles a day, and he enjoyed fishing by the local river. He was content.

“Dad was taken into hospital at the beginning of August 2022. When he became even more poorly, he was referred to St Leonard’s and in walked the angels. Lynn, Georgia and Margaret greeting us warmly each time we appeared that the front desk (which was often). Paloma (probably dad’s favourite nurse) adjusting his pillows, holding his hand and doing everything to help him feel comfortable. The doctor who took the time to speak to us whenever possible, to help us understand what was happening. They all promised to look after dad and they did.

When mum called me to say dad was gone, my grief was overwhelming, It seems silly to say, but it felt like a shock. Dad’s belongings were returned in a lovely cloth bag with a beautiful tag. His watch and wedding ring in a drawstring purse. These little touches, they made all the difference.

That’s the feeling I’d like others to have when someone close to them dies. Myself, my mum and my brother will never forget the kindness, respect and total attention to detail that everyone at St Leonard’s showed us all. From the physical touches to making sure we had everything we needed and the beautifully presented food. Dad was certain my mum was paying an arm and a leg for his lovely room but there was never any charge.

Because of St Leonard’s, this difficult journey was not the defining time in dad’s life.”

Please, if you can, support our appeal and give whatever you can spare right now to help us provide our unrivalled care to more people like Mick, Lisa and their family. Donate at http://www.justgiving.com/campaign/lisa