Paul’s story

We understand that life-shortening illnesses affect not only the patient, but also their network of family, friends and carers. Our Family and Bereavement Support Service provides psychological, emotional and spiritual support for patients throughout their illness and for their families and carers, leading up to and following bereavement. People may need varying levels of help …

Paul Bundy – Patient Driver Volunteer

“Immediately after retiring I decided to volunteer for the Hospice without actually knowing the extent of wonderful services which provide to the community. The application process was extremely straight forward and the training and advice provided by the staff was excellent. I have now been driving over 2 years for Living Well sessions and love …

Hannah’s Story

I would like to tell you about my Mum Shirley, who passed away at St Mary’s on 15th May 2018 after a short but hard battle with cancer. As soon as mum was given her terminal diagnosis, she wanted to be at the hospice. . I think it says a lot that Mum actually requested …

Matt and Jo’s Story

CHOOSING St Mary’s Hospice as one of the beneficiaries of Jo’s Appeal was a no-brainer. The Hospice at Home team did a fantastic job in caring for my wife in the final weeks before her death from ovarian cancer in August 2015, aged 38. It was humbling to see Solveig and her colleagues at work, …

Kerry’s Story

My work with St Mary’s Hospice began in 2016 when I helped design the posters for St Mary’s Paws For Thought fundraising dog walk. Since then I have been involved in many marketing and retail projects to enhance the creativity and design. I have donated my skills and time to St Mary’s for free, which …

Heather’s Story

I have been volunteering at St Mary’s Hospice for several months now. Having some free time on my hands, I looked in to volunteering. I wanted to apply to St Mary’s Hospice as I was keen to support it as a charity which provides essential support and services to the local community. My role is …

Hannah’s – Guest Blogger – Story

Hannah is St Mary’s guest blogger. She is also a writer and poet, who has won a number of high profile awards for her work. She’s hoping to break down misconceptions surrounding hospice care, and encourage those who are seriously ill to try hospice services – because they aren’t just for those at the end …

Michelle’s Story

In 2014, I sadly lost my Nana Ada to a short battle with cancer. When I was little my Nana’s freezer was full of ice lollies, homemade apple pie and blackberry picking over the back wall. There was piano playing, very bad drawing, draughts and dancing often. As I grew up she was my greatest …