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Hospice stories

The remarkable people who support us and those we welcome through our doors are all part of our community. This section is dedicated to their inspiring stories - who they are, why they support us and how our care has helped them and their loved ones through life's most difficult time.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019
Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

David and Esther’s story

“I’m so impressed with the care and the atmosphere. The atmosphere is relaxed, happy and very professional at the same time and you get on really well with the staff.”

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Pippa and Grace’s story

“I don’t think I’d be where I am, or as open if I didn’t have the support."

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The Thompson Family’s story

“The Hospice staff adapt so quickly to the needs of the patients. Their agility is amazing and the care was always offered at the right time - it was never intrusive."

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Mindy's Story

“The Hospice at Home Team came whenever we needed them and were always available on the 24/7 telephone advice line which is such a fantastic resource. They were so lovely and so human."

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Trish's Story

"The Hospice staff treated all of us with such respect. I thought it was extraordinary. I think that we all felt very held through the journey with Trish."

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Ryan's story

“I have made friends at the Hospice. I can share my experience with them and they can share theirs with me.”

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Nicki's story

“This place is beyond phenomenal. It is supportive, but it’s really good fun at the same time and it’s the one place that we can all moan and share our fears because everyone in that room gets it.”

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*Chris' Story

“I’m running out of words to use. Fantastic, fabulous, incredible. They are some of the most incredible, knowledgeable, friendliest people with huge empathy and who are also hugely brave.”

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Pat's Story

“It makes my day, in fact it makes my week. It’s really nice to have something to do and everyone is very friendly here. I’ve always been one for company."

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Claire & Alan's Story

“I don’t think he would have been with us for Chloe’s birthday without the care of the Hospice, I really don’t.”

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Chris' Story

“I’ve received great care all the way through and was offered help when I really needed it."

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Yvonne & Simone’s Story

"She loved that feeling of the sun on her private terrace in her bed or the chair. Everything was so accessible."

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Stephen's Story

"I was wrapped in a blanket of care that was social, spiritual and holistic. It was exactly what I needed. There’s a lot of joy at the Hospice and I experienced an injection of positivity, it was a perfect fusion of care.”

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Dennis’ Story

“Life without Thames Hospice would be horrible, because this is a safe haven, I know I can come here anytime and I can just call and speak to somebody.”

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Maria's Story

"That’s my biggest experience of being at the Hospice – it’s about living with your illness not dying.”

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Michelle's Story

“Without the Thames Hospice doctors treating me at home, I don’t know where I would have been. I was so scared but the Hospice at Home Team were there for me.”

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Mark's Story

Thanks to our enhanced Hospice at Home service, as soon as Mark was referred to us we were able to arrange a rapid discharge from hospital.

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Maureen's Story

“It’s the icing on the cake to know that I have the Hospice behind me.”

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Pete's Story

"The Hospice makes a HUGE difference, and it has been truly eye opening."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Grace's Story

"My dad went from this world knowing that his girls were going to be well-looked after by these amazing workers at the Hospice."

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Chesca & Donna's Story

"Knowing the Hospice's Response Team were there made so much difference, I wasn’t on my own trying to decide what to do next.”

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Pat's Story

“I am treated as a person, not a patient, I can talk about anything and I don’t feel I have to put a smile on my face and pretend I’m fine."

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Tahir’s Story

"We’ll never forget the kindness and care that we’ve received. The Hospice hasn’t just cared for Dad but the whole family.”

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Linda & Lisette's Story

"We’ll never forget the incredible care our family received from Thames Hospice."

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Carolyne & Guy's Story

“The Hospice gave Carolyne a calm, peaceful, loving death, which is so important and helped give me peace with her passing.”

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Emily's Story

"Nothing can take away the pain of losing a loved one but giving something back to the charity that helped our family at the hardest time has been cathartic as well as very emotional."

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Alix's Story

“I always feel that Alix was a person to the nursing team, not another patient. The idea that we wouldn’t have been able to get that space in the Hospice, or that others wouldn’t when they needed it, fills me with dread.”

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James & Blanche's Story

"They really did do everything to make our last moments as a family so precious."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Derek's Story

“If it wasn’t for Thames Hospice, I don’t think I would be alive now.”

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Simon's Story

“Counselling is a great way to let out your thoughts and worries so they don’t build up.”

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Carmel's Story

“I’m so grateful to the team here, they brought me back to life, and they saved me."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Poppy's Story

"I love knowing that the work I am doing is going to help people; it makes every task seem very worthwhile."

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Tom's Story

“The counselling support I received from the Hospice was very important, and I am not sure I would be in the place that I am now without it."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Genevieve & Nicholas' Story

"The Hospice supports not just the person receiving treatment but the whole family, that all-encompassing support is why we have chosen to leave gifts in our Will to the Hospice."

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Penny's Story

"My husband Ivor was treated with the utmost care, compassion, respect and dignity. We as a family were so well supported and treated with the greatest kindness."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Drew's Story

"Whenever I walk around the lake at Bray now I feel a little bit of pride that I am contributing to such a worthy charity."

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Roy's Story

“To sum up the Hospice, I can only say the way I have been treated is beyond excellent."

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Angela's Story

“The Rehabilitation Centre at the new Hospice has been a life-saver for me."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

John's Story

"That first step, it was euphoric."

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The Barroso's Story

"The staff that looked after our family are absolute angels!"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Doris' Story

“I can’t thank the Day Therapies Team enough; every single person is an angel."

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Binda's Story

“I can’t say enough to praise the way they helped us and our father."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Sue's Story

“There is a very strong feeling that we really are all in this together."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Rick & Sally's Story

“The care is marvellous, everything you could wish for and more.”

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Graham & Jenny's Story

“It’s the love and affection above anything else that makes Thames Hospice so special.”

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Gina's Story

"Here you have dignity and respect of life."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Craig's Story

"Knowing that your loved one feels comfortable is so important."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Mathewe & Estelle's Story

"The Hospice nurses and doctors were a godsend - they were always going the extra mile for Estelle and the whole family."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Lisa's Story

“I can’t imagine what life would be like without Thames Hospice."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Selina & Gary's Story

"We've got this!"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Chris' Story

"The staff are so kind and they make me laugh so much."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Ian's Story

“I count down the weeks until I can come to day therapy again."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Maggie's Story

"It’s the amazing care that gets you through this"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Mo's Story

"The emotional support I received has helped me find hope again"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Mary's Story

"Without the team I would have been lost"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Katharina's Story

"If I walked a million miles, it wouldn’t be enough to thank the Hospice for all the care and support they gave my parents and to us as a family."

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Hatti's Story

"The Hospice was like a home from home"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Mark's Story

"You were a little shining light at a dark time"

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Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Russell's Story

“If I hadn’t come here, I wouldn’t be alive”

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