Mary from Marie Curie’s North London fundraising team very kindly offered to show us around one of their hospices to see how the money raised by the row could help. We went along last night.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is probably most famous for its network of nurses who work in the community to provide end of life care for people in their own homes. What you may not know is it also runs nine hospices around the country and together Marie Curie community nurses and hospices cared for more than 31,000 terminally ill patients last year.
The first thing you notice about the hospice is how warm, light and friendly it is. The Marie Curie team has obviously put a lot of effort into making the patients feel at home with walls covered in paintings and bedrooms encouraged to be filled with flowers, photos and family members. They even have a special family room with a kitchen so that nearest and dearest can be close by. And unlike a hospital, there are no restrictions on visiting hours so friends and family can be with their loved ones at any time during day, sometimes staying overnight on a camp bed.
Hearing Mary talk about the nurses who work at the hospice, makes you feel incredibly humble. Their compassion, enthusiasm and strength in helping patients during very difficult times is truly extraordinary. Lucy explained how they liked to see their time with patients as “celebrating a life”. I think it sums up nicely the real sense of positivity and friendliness that exudes from this remarkable place.
After visiting the hospice, there really is no way we can’t do this. And if you’d like to give us any extra incentive, please do visit our MyDonate site: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thechannelfour.
Big thanks to Mary for hosting us and to the staff of the Hampstead hospice for all that they do.