As a child, I was incredibly close to my grandma, Maureen Conn. I remember being over the moon when she moved in with my mum, my sister and I. It wasn’t long after that, however, that she passed away from ovarian cancer.
She had been determined to spend as much time at home as possible, rather than be isolated in hospitals or hospice — and St Giles made that possible.
From making sure she had the care and medication she needed, to supplying a wheel chair to get out and about, St Giles was a fantastic source of support. Being eleven at the time, I can’t say that I was massively aware of all of this until much later. What I do remember is the care St Giles provided to my seven-year-old sister and I.
I remember meeting with counsellors who helped us understand our grandma was ill — and, importantly, I remember being able to make the most of the time we had with her because of that.
I remember sessions with counsellors after she had passed, as well as group activities with other people our age going through the same thing; we even went horse riding with one of these groups.
As a single parent of two young children, who had just lost her mother, my mum considered having this help readily on hand for the two of us as a heaven sent.
All of this is remarkable; but the truly spectacular thing about St Giles is the fact it can deliver this provision thanks to the support of the community — and not just the physical community it resides in.
St Giles Hospice has created a unique community of its own, full of people that it has helped. That’s the community I’ll be walking nine miles with on Saturday June 17, 2017. The annual Solstice Walk is just one of the many ways you can support the hospice, and it’s more than just a way to raise money. It’s a way of strengthening the St Giles community and showing the wonderful people at the hospice just how much they mean to all of us.
Whether you sign up for an event like the Solstice walk, sponsor someone taking part in one or even just play the St Giles Hospice Lottery, you’re making sure this vital community continues to grow.
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