PEOPLE helped by the Rowans Hospice have spoken of the care, compassion, support and friendship they received, to coincide with the launch of the hospice’s Silver Jubilee Appeal.
- John’s wife Rosemary was initially admitted to the Rowans Hospice in March 2017 – she died in June 2017, with her family by her side.
John said: ‘The whole atmosphere and attitude is open and friendly, you feel as though you were among friends and a positive and reassuring ethos prevails throughout.
‘My family and I are so grateful to the brilliant staff and volunteers who together make up the Rowans, for their expertise and caring professionalism.
‘It is a very special place – we must look after it and be aware of the wonderful work they do. A huge thank you goes to each and every one.’
- Gill McQuillan’s husband was cared for by the Rowans both within the hospice and at home.
She said: ‘When I think about the support that we had from the Rowans, I can only describe it as a Godsend.
‘They made the last two weeks of John’s life more bearable, and their compassion and constant care allowed us to be a family again, and the memories of that time are very special.
‘John had two main fears – one being in pain and the second being a burden.
‘The Hospice at Home team took those fears away and I will always be grateful to them for that.’
- Skye Daniels is a member of the Rowans Meerkat Service. Here she talks about her grandmother, who died in 2016.
‘I first came to the Rowans when my nanny Vicki was diagnosed with her fourth cancer in her lifetime – pancreatic cancer.
‘This was devastating but what was even more devastating was being told by the hospital it had spread too far, and there was nothing they could do.
‘She was brought into the Rowans Hospice to have a comfortable end of her life and this is when I started to have counselling sessions with a super-kind lady called Sarah.
‘She really helped me and now I am doing everything I can do in return to help everyone at the hospice.
‘I now go to sponsored walks to raise money, parties, photoshoots, everything that is to do with the Rowans Hospice.’
- Nicki Flemming has started fundraising for the Rowans.
She says: ‘Me and my family are walking in memory of someone who was a dad, granddad, great-granddad and husband.
‘My granddad suddenly passed away in December 2017, so we did a sponsored walk in memory of him and for the fantastic care he received from the Rowans. He was an in-patient and the care was marvellous, from all the doctors, nurses and everyone there.
‘It is not just the support they all give to the patients, it’s the support they give to the families as well.
‘It is just amazing. Unless you have experienced it you have no idea how good it is.
‘We all slept there and felt so welcome to do so. We were able to be a family again and not carers.
‘My granddad knew he was in the best hands and being cared for by the best people until the end.’