Our stories

Since 1990 St Clare staff have been supporting the people of West Essex throughout one of life’s most difficult journeys. It is an honour and privilege to serve our local communities, yet we know more people need our help. By sharing our stories, we aim to dispel fears and anxiety around visiting a hospice, so that we can offer our care to more people who need us.

Learn more about hospice care, from the people who make St Clare the special place that it is. Meet the team – from nurses, doctors and therapists, to ‘behind-the-scenes’ office and support staff. We all work together to change lives and make a difference.

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Shelley’s story

“St Clare has been a big part of my life for many years, and I feel really lucky to be...


Sarah’s story

“I’ve been a Chef at St Clare Hospice for 10 years now. I started when I was 16, after I...


Greg’s story

"Our staff’s passion really comes from an understanding that the care we provide makes such a difference. We go on...


Katherine’s story

“Observing the way that St Clare cared for Dad, and seeing how personal it was, inspired me to become a...


Rachel’s story

"People love their homes; it is what you’ve worked for all of your life. When people find out that they...


Jane’s story

"Hospice care is about choice, independence, facilitating and empowering. We’re not fixing things for people – we’re giving people the...


Michele’s story

"I can tell you for sure that virtually every single patient and family member has said the same phrase to...


Lynne’s story

"People who don’t know St Clare find it strange, but the hospice really is a warm, bright place, full of...


Erica’s story

“The key message that hospice care stands for is that our support is entirely based on what a person wants....


Penny’s story

“My favourite part about being a nurse is that every day is different; you never know what you’re going to...