You might recognise Caroline, whose story is at the heart of our Time to Care appeal. Very sadly Caroline died peacefully at the hospice in late July. She was surrounded by her wonderful family, free of the pain which had been so disabling throughout her illness.
But the care doesn’t end here; the team at St Margaret’s have supported the whole family over the past 18 months, and they will continue to be there for Gary and the children, when they need us, as they start to face their new reality.
Every day more people like Caroline and Gary are receiving the news that no one wants to hear. And while we can’t change the inevitable, we can – with your support – give people like Caroline the time and care they need to live as well as they can for as long as they can.
If Caroline’s story shows us anything, it’s that every £1 makes an incredible difference in the life of someone in our community. If you can, now is the time to care.
Caroline: “Every minute with my kids is precious”
“St Margaret’s are not just here because I am dying. They are here for so much more. They’ve helped me and my family through so many difficult parts of my journey, from enabling us to spend birthdays together on the In-patient Unit to loaning me a wheelchair and frame to have at home which have taken the stress out of hospital visits. They’ve made sure we as a family have been able to stay together and they understand the reality of what we’re going through. They have taken the time to help and care.
For me, time is precious. Every minute and second I spend with my children is precious, I just can’t get enough of it. I don’t know how much longer I’ve got and I don’t want to know because I want it to be as natural, fun and loving as I can make it. I’m not going to see my kids get married and I don’t know what I’m going to say to them when the time comes – that will break me. But I know St Margaret’s will help with that, they are amazing.
Thanks to St Margaret’s, I’ve been able to keep my pain under control, which has been the biggest battle. They’ve enabled me to be at home with my family as much as I can, and have helped me face my reality. There’s no one else who could have given me and my family the time, support and care they’ve provided.
Will you choose to do something incredible too? A donation to St Margaret’s can change the life of someone like me in our community.”
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Fiona: a nurse’s view
“The pandemic has had a colossal impact on our services and the wider healthcare system as a whole. Right now at St Margaret’s, we’re facing the unseen impact of COVID. Delays in diagnoses and referrals for our services mean we are seeing more patients, who are more poorly and further down their end of life journey.
Stories like Caroline’s can be really hard to read or hear, but it’s the reality for people in Somerset today. As a nurse, I understand that people are more than their diagnosis; it’s a privilege to take the time to listen and care, and help our patients live their life to fullest for as along as possible. Right now, we need the help of our community more than ever so we can continue to respond to people like Caroline, when they really need us. Please donate today, if you can.”