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Richard Sampey was referred to the Respiratory Service at St Barnabas House and started visiting the Day Hospice in March.
A former locksmith, Richard was in a very dark stage of his life when he was first introduced to the hospice, and discovering the care services available was a revelation to him.
Having witnessed care services provided by the hospice first-hand, Richard was very keen to share his story and help to raise awareness of the outstanding support offered, and address some of the misconceptions that people have about the word ‘hospice’.
Here Richard talks openly and honestly about the care he has received while being supported by St Barnabas House, and how big a difference it has made to his life.
“I had never been in a situation where I’d needed to be cared for, and that’s a revelation. I didn’t realise in what a dark space I had gone until I came here and became a part of it. I look forward to coming to the hospice. Now, put that in bold terms in a newspaper and say, ‘I look forward to going to the hospice’. People are going to read that and say he’s mad!
“Emotion is a big part of what St Barnabas and the Day Hospice are doing, because you can be yourself. You can be as crazy as you like and as cheerful as you like, and we’ve got one or two here who fit that bill nicely!
“You can be quiet and introspective, you can even sleep in a corner and nobody will query. Nobody bats an eyelid as to who you are, what you are, what you do or did, it’s who you are now.
“For me, that is what St Barnabas, the Day Hospice, the Community Team and the whole system have produced to a huge degree, and I can never say thank you enough.”
Richard sadly passed away at Worthing Hospital on 29 September. He was very keen for his story to be told and we are very grateful to his family for giving us permission to share his story with you.