Michael’s story

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“I find coming to St Clare’s so uplifting because everyone in the room is in the same boat. Nobody is feeling sorry for anyone else – there’s just so much banter, it’s brilliant.”
A man looks at camera with a smile

Once you come to St Clare you find out how much they can do for you – as well as the psychological support. The Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists have helped to get me my new wheelchair, and to have a hoist installed so that I can get in the car. When I told them that I was having trouble sleeping and getting out of bed, they immediately helped to get funding for a hospital bed. It’s been unbelievable.”

“I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in August 2014, and my consultant at the hospital said it would do me good to come to St Clare’s. It was my consultant who said to me ‘we’re not sending you there because it’s the end’ – and the first time you come to St Clare’s you realise that.”

“I come on a Friday and there is a great bunch of guys – we all wind each other up and that sort of thing. We do all sorts of different activities together. We might sit and talk about the things we like, tell everybody about our week, – or do some art or games, light entertainment really. What’s great is that you are out and about, with people who are in the same boat.”

“The best thing about St Clare’s are the people I have met. I’ve liked everyone I’ve met along the way. I don’t even know how to explain how amazing the volunteers and staff are. I find that the rest of the week I just can’t wait for Friday!”

“St Clare’s means so much to me because they’ve just done so much for me and my wife Cheryl. And I must say – the lunches are excellent. I’ve never had a duff meal here – you should try the sausages!”

– Michael

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