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Please support our Christmas Appeal so we can continue to provide outstanding hospice care for people at the end of their lives.
Chloe Dayneswood’s husband Ben was cared for in our In-patient Unit in 2016. For our Christmas Appeal this year, Chloe has shared her and Ben’s story.
“This will be my second Christmas without my husband Ben.
“In March 2016, he started to feel unwell. A few months later, we were told the dreadful news: he had Stage 4 cancer in his stomach, his bowel, and his lymph glands. That’s when we were referred to St Barnabas House.
“We came to St Barnabas expecting to be there for the weekend. We didn’t leave.
“Not long after arriving, we were given the devastating news that the cancer was in one of his kidneys and starting to spread into the other one. He could have two days or two weeks to live. We just didn’t know.
“Making sure he was pain free was always one of the first questions: trying to make sure that whatever else was going on he wasn’t in any pain. It was about treating Ben as an individual and not as a condition.
“On the last evening I was sat there holding his hand and I knew something was different. He passed away that night, on 14 August 2016 aged 39. It was made a lot easier by the care and attention from everyone we came into contact with at St Barnabas.
“The generosity and support of people like you this Christmas can make such a difference.”
With love and best wishes,
It costs £23.10 to provide one hour of care for a patient at the hospice. During that time we can make them comfortable on Christmas morning and ready to welcome their family. A gift from you this Christmas could enable us to provide this care for a patient and their family over the Christmas period.