Christmas Appeal

This Christmas, will you help our nurses give the gift of time?

We know that time with loved ones is precious, especially when the time you have is limited.  When you think of hospice care, it might be the physical effects of illness and the difference end of life care can make to a patient.

This is hugely important, but what our patients often tell us they value is the time our nurses are able to with them. The time to listen and understand what's important to them, finding ways to help them do the things they want to do.

For Cher, one of our nurses on our In-patient Unit: “having the gift of time with my patients, chatting, laughing, understanding their feelings and making sure their wishes are heard means their end of life journey is all the more peaceful.”

Earlier this year we met Nuno, a patient who made a big impact on all of us, after being diagnosed with an incurable, aggressive cancer. Originally from Portugal, Nuno had been living and working in Somerset for more than a decade before falling ill.

When Nicola, one of our specialist community nurses first met him, she was struck by his courage but also how difficult it was for him to be so far away from his family in Portugal. Nuno was keen to keep them updated and involved in his treatment so Nicola organised a call with his sister and went through Nuno’s condition and prognosis using a translator.

As Nuno’s condition became worse, he came to the hospice’s In-patient Unit and received the news that he only had weeks to live.  Nuno knew what he needed was the love and support of his family by his side. He told Cher that he wasn’t scared of dying; he was scared he wouldn’t see his family again.

We were all so moved by Nuno’s last wish and wanted to help however we could to make this happen. Thanks to a colossal team effort, we managed to get him home to Portugal.

Every day our nurses go above and beyond to make sure all our patients can have the precious gift of time with those who matter most to them.

After Nuno died his sister, Marina wrote to Cher and Michelle:

"Dearest Cher and Michelle, we hereby express our deepest gratitude for bringing Nuno home to us. Nuno told us he was privileged to have such caring dedicated and compassionate nurses at St Margaret's. Nuno's words were Cher and Michelle were the best nurses ever and he missed your professionalism as well as your jokes, singing and dancing. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to say goodbye to him properly, life is so precious. God bless you Cher and Michelle, we send hugs, we will never forget, and we will cherish you both forever."*

With a donation of £25 today, you can help our nurses take the time to care for people when they need it most.

*Translated from Portuguese

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