Rebecca’s story

“St Giles helped us make Christmas memories I will cherish forever.”

Rebecca’s mum, Sandra, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2018 and spent her final days at St Giles in 2019 after being admitted to the hospice on Christmas Eve.

Rebecca said: “We got a call on Christmas Eve morning to say that St Giles Hospice had a bed. It was such a relief to know that mum would be at St Giles, which is where she wanted to be.

“We were met by such caring and compassionate staff. We sat down to discuss mum’s final wishes, which were all met thanks to these wonderful people.

As a family, we always love the anticipation of Christmas Eve. I’d bought mum, my sister and I matching bracelets with ‘mum’ and a little flower on. It was such a nice atmosphere on at the hospice on Christmas Eve that I decided to hand out the bracelets, while it was just the three of us – it’s a moment I’ll cherish forever.

“To have St Giles Hospice in our community is a true blessing for people with a terminal illness and for their families.”

“Christmas Day was lovely too, as you could hear Christmas carols playing and the joy of people opening presents. Christmas is a difficult time to go into a hospice, but they made it feel special and like a home from home. They weren’t just caring for our mum, they were caring for us too.

“By playing the raffle today you will be helping to give other families the care, space and support that St Giles provides at Christmas time. Thank you so much.” 

Rebecca Horton-Worby, daughter of the late Sandra Horton

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