Gareth’s story

At a time in her life when Karen felt she had nowhere else to turn, we found St Giles and they made such a difference.

My wife, Karen, was hesitant about hospice care at first. She was young and didn’t want to acknowledge that the end of her life was near. But St Giles was just what she needed.

After several years of hospital treatment for bowel cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes, staff suggested that St Giles would be able to help with pain management support.

Karen was supported at the hospice on the Inpatient Unit and later received end of life care. Throughout her time there we knew that she was getting the sort of care she wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.

The staff were unbelievable with Karen and with all our family – it’s just an amazing place. 

Everyone at St Giles goes above and beyond the call of duty to support patients and their families. They knew that Karen, my two sons and I were Aston Villa season ticket holders, and they presented our kids with a signed Villa shirt, which was so kind and thoughtful

Karen became so close to her doctor and the nursing staff, because she just knew how much they cared and how much they were really trying to help her.

There is a privacy and dignity afforded to people at St Giles that is truly unique – it’s not an open hospital ward with lots of beeps and bells, which is so important when you have young children.

St Giles provides the sort of personal, specialised care that just isn’t available anywhere else.

We should do everything we can to make sure that the hospice is here for other families, just like ours. Please support St Giles today.

Gareth Hine
Husband of Karen, a St Giles patient