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Hayley's Story

We’re proud to call Hayley a member of our Hospice family, a caring and compassionate lady who gives her all to be the best nurse, carer, colleague, friend, mother, wife and daughter possible.

In July, Hayley's world turned upside down when her Dad, Adrian, was diagnosed with Cancer. In a few short moments her two separate worlds of palliative care and personal life become one.

“Dad’s diagnosis took us all by surprise. After experiencing awful pain and distress, he was admitted to Hospital for 8 days where he rapidly deteriorated. The Hospice were informed of Dad’s issues with pain and symptom management one morning, and with their intervention he was transferred to the Hospice by 2pm the same day.

“I always knew what a fantastic place the Hospice was, but this experience has made me see it through different eyes. They gave Dad the specialist time he needed and a tranquil environment to relax and manage his symptoms. Within a just a few hours his symptoms improved, his pain was reduced, and he was finally comfortable.

“Nothing was ever too much trouble, with cups of tea on tap and an extra bed for us to stay in to be by Dad’s side through the night. “

“I call Dad ‘Daddykins’, I have done for years. He’s a big part of my life and we love spending time together going for meals and spa days together. After 2 weeks in the Hospice, Dad was well enough to be discharged and go back home, even visiting his favourite local pub garden for a half of his favourite beer.

“The staff at the Hospice are working tirelessly under very difficult circumstances. Their professionalism, dedication and compassion is second to none and words can never express how grateful I am for the care they provided to my Dad.“

Adrian sadly passed away on 8th October 2020 at home with support from our Hospice at Home team, surrounded by the ones he loved.

Hayley and her sister will be taking part in Pedal for Pounds on Sunday 18th October in memory of their dad. If you wish to support them through sponsorship, visit their Just Giving page.

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