My name is Angela and I have nursed at the Hospice since we opened our doors in 1986. I have seen St Oswald’s continue to grow over the last three decades, making such a huge difference to families in your community. But this has only been possible because of you and the others who kindly support our work.
This Summer, in celebration of our 30th Birthday, we are aiming to raise £30,000 to help care for families not just today, but tomorrow.
I am asking if you would consider supporting our 30th Birthday appeal with a one off gift that could change the future for North East families, like the Andersons?
Ian Anderson’s daughter, Eve 13, has been coming to the Hospice since 2012. She has an inoperable brain tumour after suffering a cerebral bleed in 2011. As a single parent caring for Eve, plus a younger daughter to care and provide for, St Oswald’s has been a lifeline to Ian and his family. Ian said:
“A lot of people may think that St Oswald’s would be a sad, depressing place. That couldn’t be further from the truth. You walk in and all of your troubles are left at the door. The staff are just wonderful. Yes, they are professional, but they embrace you as an extension of their family too.
“Before St Oswald’s came into our lives, Eve and I were struggling. Born a healthy, happy little girl, our lives changed forever when she suffered a bleed on the brain as a result of a brain tumour we didn’t even know she had. She now needs round the clock care. Eve was unable to have a proper bath for six months, while ourhouse was being adapted to suit her needs and I felt like no one really understood oursituation, that we were totally alone. Then we were told about St Oswald’s Hospice.
“Now, Eve comes for three nights, once a month, for a short break. It gives me time to recharge my batteries, and for Eve, it’s a chance to be pampered by the lovely staff there. They style her hair, paint her nails, all the girly stuff she doesn’t want to do with her Dad! The Hospice is a place where she receives top quality care and love.
“Even if I won the super lottery, it would never be enough to say thank you or repay St Oswald’s for giving my daughter her dignity and quality of life back.”
Your Birthday gift to St Oswald’s could also support patients who use our Day Hospice or our Adult Inpatient unit. Whether someone is starting their journey with St Oswald’s after a recent diagnosis or has come to us for end of life care, we strive to make them and their families feel as comfortable and as welcome as possible.
A gift to our 30th Birthday Appeal could mean the gift of comfort, friendship and peace to a family at a difficult time, like the Bannatyne Family.
Jean spent almost three weeks being cared for on our Adult Inpatient Unit before she died age 86 in October 2015. Her daughter Anne explains what the Hospice means to her family.
“Mam was referred to the Hospice when her skin cancer reached end stage. At first, she didn’t want to go as she didn’t think she would come home again, and she had always said she wanted to die at home. But the minute Mam arrived at St Oswald’s and was greeted by such brilliant loving care; she immediately perked up and was so happy and content to be there.
“The team were all so thoughtful and fell over backwards to make Mam feel comfortable. She loved all the attention, and once in St Oswald’s didn’t talk about returning home. Everyone was so supportive to our whole family. The morning Mam died the team were full of love and care for her and for the family. It was a perfect, peaceful end for a lovely lady.”
Your gift today will make a real difference to local people’s lives both today, and tomorrow.
Thank you for considering a donation to our 30th Birthday Appeal. Your gift will allow our dedicated clinical teams to continue with their vital work to ensure that local adults, young people and children receive the very best care possible, and continue to do so for many years to come.
We are proud of how far we have come over the last thirty years but we couldn’t do it without your support.
If you would like to make a donation to our Summer Birthday Appeal, you can do so by clicking buttons below
Director of Care Services