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One year on from losing her mother, Grace Hadley reflects on the support she and her family received from St Barnabas House and the lasting legacy her mother, Susan Hadley, was able to leave the hospice.
Susan, from Littlehampton, was referred to St Barnabas House in August 2017 after receiving the news that her lung cancer had spread to her brain and lymph nodes.
Grace says: “When we found out that treatment was not going to work, St Barnabas were there to help Mum. She was able to attend the Day Hospice where she enjoyed lots of activities. The care team would also visit her at home and provided her with a special bed and oxygen machine.
“Considering many people, us included, think of a hospice as a place for your last days, the care which was offered straight after her diagnosis was very unexpected. We thought St Barnabas would only look after Mum during her last week but this was far from it.
“When she could no longer manage at home by herself – although she was not in her last days – St Barnabas still offered her a bed at the hospice until she perked up again.”
Following her diagnosis, Susan was told she had six months to live but went on to live for a year, sadly passing away on 10 May 2018 at St Barnabas House.
Susan left St Barnabas House a generous gift in her Will of £7,500 which is enough to pay for close to five days of all the care provided by the Day Hospice which she benefited from.
Grace explains: “Mum didn’t have a lot of money so she was very thankful for the care that St Barnabas offered during her illness. At the time, I could not afford to give up my job or pay for carers so I was so grateful to the nurses who were able to look after her when I had to be at work.
“The only money Mum had was tied up in her house which is why she left the gift in her Will. I helped sell her house so the money could be passed on.”
Gifts in Wills are hugely important to St Barnabas House. With the support and generosity of people like Susan, we’re able to ensure local patients and their families are able to access the palliative and end of life care that they need at such a vital time. In fact, the care of one in four of our patients is provided for by gifts left to us in Wills.