Every year we celebrate and raise awareness of Hospice care. This page is packed full of pictures, videos and stories from our nurses, patients, families, volunteers and supporters to show you just what goes into providing Hospice care and how it makes a real difference to people, everywhere in our community.
Please take 5 minutes out of your day to watch a video, or read a story and consider joining us in our mission to provide Hospice care to every local person who needs it.
John’s wife Clare Towner Mauremootoo passed away in 2006. She was cared for by Weston Hospicecare when in the advanced stages of Motor Neurone Disease. John has written a blog about how much that care meant to the family, and how the ice bucket challenge is actually similar in some ways to being told you have a life-limiting illness…
In Day Hospice, I get a chance to reflect. I sit and listen and have a good look around, the inspiration everyone gives you, it’s something that pulls you in. The inspiration, the love, and the care all three rolled into one. The people there are my friends, whether they are patients or staff or volunteers. They’ve done such a lot. I can’t even begin to express how much they mean to me, or how much they’ve done for me or John.
When Nigel first came home from hospital with his breathing machine I remember thinking – what next?
Very quickly we were put in contact with Weston Hospicecare and Nicky. When we visited the Hospice it was like a weight was lifted off our shoulders. As soon as we walked through the doors I thought: ahhhh, we’re in safe hands now.
My wife Caroline used to love attending Day Hospice, to use her words it was her “sanctuary”. I think it helped her talking to people who knew what it was like – it was a place where she was able to go in relax and be herself.
Throughout Caroline’s illness the Hospice supported us, Amanda and Jan her Community Nurse Specialists would come out to our home and see how she was getting on, if there was anything that needed adjusting to make everything easier.
The services offered to my mum were second to none and helped myself, my brothers and the rest of our family through such a traumatic time. The nurses talked us through every stage and what to expect.
She was a very witty, wise and beautiful woman who devoted her life to me and my three brothers. In July 2006, my mum Cheryl Keating, passed away aged 48 with ovarian cancer at Weston Hospicecare. They knew when it was time and gave us all a chance to say goodbye to a wonderful woman who will never be forgotten.
I always wanted to go to Nepal it was one of my ambitions in life, so when I saw an advert about a Trek to the Himalayas I thought it would be a good think to do. The advert I saw was for another charity, a national one, but I thought if I was going to do this I’d like to do it for a local charity and that’s when I thought of Weston Hospicecare.
I work at Weston College and I thought it would be a great way to get the students involved and make them more aware about the Hospice.
Simon was my all. He swept me off my feet the first time I met him. Just three months later, cancer changed everything.
Weston Hospicecare scooped us up and gave us support for the time we had left together. Gwen our Hospice Community Nurse Specialist helped me to manage, it never felt like she was just visiting because Simon had cancer. She always felt like a friend, making sure we were okay.
Hospice Care supporters everywhere!
Tim Stisted, Mark Sweeting, Anthony Green, Nicolette Bracey, Danny Wring, Di Campbell, Tommy Owen and Kim Hunter
Thank you for caring about Hospicecare – we couldn’t do it without you!
From the UK to Paris, the top of Kilimanjaro to 30,000ft in the air you have supported us from just about everywhere we can think of! Hang on, no one’s done anything below sea level yet – sounds like a challenge to us!
Thank you so much for everything you all do to support Hospice care. You don’t have to challenge and push yourselves – although it makes for great photos! – all we ask is that you donate if you can, or tell someone you know about the vital work we do to care for and support people with life-limiting illnesses.
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