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Give every month so we can be here every day

Being a Friend for Life and supporting the work of St Clare with a regular gift, will help us continue to offer our round-the-clock care to people in your local community. Your gift will help us make plans for the future and continue to grow and reach even more people that desperately need our help, with confidence.

By donating a regular gift of as little as £4 a month you can help us care for people like Tony, and his family. Tony wanted wanted to share his story with you today to show what a difference St Clare’s care makes to local families.

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Tony’s story

Tony and ColletteMy life was turned upside down when my wife Collette, 42, was diagnosed with cancer and we were told that there was nothing more the doctors could do for her.

Collette came to stay on St Clare’s Inpatient Unit during the coronavirus outbreak to receive end of life care and sadly died just ten days after her arrival. I was able to stay by Collette’s side the whole time – and want to share my story with you today to show what a difference St Clare’s care makes.

It was towards the end of 2019 that Collette started experiencing back pain, and after numerous trips to the GP, she was referred for a scan. It was in early February that we discovered Collette had a cancerous tumour in her abdomen. As Collette’s condition worsened rapidly she was admitted to hospital, and we found that the cancer had spread everywhere in a few short weeks.

Right up until the day we were told the cancer was terminal, we still had hope that Collette would have an operation and treatment, and that she would be OK. It was just a complete blow.

As the coronavirus outbreak was worsening, I was terrified that if Collette was in a hospital during lockdown then we wouldn’t be able to visit her, and I just didn’t want her to be on her own. We quickly got onto the phone to St Clare and within three hours they managed to get Collette moved into the hospice.

To be told that Collette needed to go to a hospice was scary. But once we arrived at St Clare, and we were all there with her, it was a huge weight off my shoulders. Although there were restrictions in place because of coronavirus, it still meant that our whole family could see her.

The whole experience at St Clare was so calming. Everybody was so generous and kind. The team always treated Collette with such respect. St Clare Hospice could not have made the situation any better – it was the best it could possibly be, and Collette died in the best place possible which made the world of difference to us.

My daughter and I have already started bereavement counselling with the Patient and Family Support team. I know that St Clare will continue to care for my family and me after the death of Collette. 

Your regular gift could help St Clare support more people like Collette and our family – with their specialist care, and ongoing support for families experiencing grief. Sadly, there are still people in our local communities who are experiencing these devastating situations without St Clare’s help – but with your regular donations, they could reach even more people and make sure no one has to go through this journey alone.

Being a Friend for Life is simple to set up and easy to manage – yet will make such a huge difference to so many families.

Give Comfort

£4 Could pay for essential clinical supplies for one patient for one day.

Bring People Together

£9 Could pay for refreshments for three of our Bereavement Cafés.

Get some kit

£18 Could pay for a box of 120 syringes which are used every day by the care teams.

Anything you can afford to commit each month will help St Clare to care for more local people, today, tomorrow and into the future. If you would like to be a Friend for Life, simply click the button below.

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Thank you for caring about St Clare Hospice. Together we will help to make sure that no one has to go through one of life’s hardest journeys alone.

Warmest of wishes,

Tony