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Changing people's perceptions is one of the biggest challenges we face in raising awareness of the help we can provide to those living with a life-limiting illness.

We have found personal stories help the most in overcoming people’s fears. We have created this area as a place to share the stories and experiences of patients, their family members and carers who have spent time with St Clare.

If you are interested in sharing your experience of our care to help others, please get in touch with our Communications Team.

All of the stories that have been shared with us are shown below. To find a story about a specific part of our care, please use the below filters:

Community Services     |     Day Therapy     |     Inpatient Unit

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Marilyn’s story

"I thought I was going to St Clare to die; I was so weak. But, the way St Clare cares...

Marilyn’s story

Linda’s story

"When my husband Richard was first referred to the Hospice, as his carer I had no idea the support offered...

Linda’s story

Richard’s story

"Losing control of your muscles affects you in so many ways – it’s like riding a bike with the brakes...

Richard’s story

Maureen’s story

"When my sister Margaret was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, it devastated the whole family. It started with...

Maureen’s story

Margaret’s story

"The trembling in my hands started soon after returning from a family holiday in Spain not long after losing my...

Margaret’s story

Roger’s story

"I’d only heard of the Hospice as a ‘doom and gloom’ place; somewhere you go to die. That seems to...

Roger’s story

Rebecca’s story

"My husband Nick was the fittest, most active, energetic person you’d ever meet. When he got ill it was a...

Rebecca’s story

Peggy’s story

"My husband Terry was adamant that he would not spend his final days in hospital, and as one of the...

Peggy’s story

June’s story

"My sister Brenda was such a vibrant woman. She owned two shoe shops in Buckhurst Hill and Wanstead and she’d...

June’s story