Fit and active family man and father-of-two Francis was diagnosed with cancer in his early fifties. His wife Diane says everything felt so scary – but the nurses’ visits and calm, compassionate advice helped them both feel more in control and able to cope. They feared the November lockdown would mean no more visits – they were so relieved to hear the nurses could still come out to them at home.
“Having Francis at home with us made such a difference, especially towards the end. Emily could just pop in for a snuggle with her dad, or to have a chat with him when he felt able to talk. And if it hadn’t been for the nurses, Edwin wouldn’t have got back home in time. Francis’ deterioration was so sudden – so rapid – that I wasn’t ready. I just kept thinking “it’s too close – too soon.” But the nurses told me, with their trademark compassion and clarity, “you need to bring him home now – the end of the week will be too late.” Edwin missed the chance to say goodbye to his granddad. I’m so grateful he had the chance to say goodbye to his dad.”
Read Diane's moving story
about Francis’ illness and how the Rennie Grove nurses supported the whole family throughout.
The difference your donation will make
£20 could pay for an end-of-life care box used to store the medicines that nurses need when caring for a patient at the end of life.
£40 could provide an hour and a half of Rennie Grove’s Family Support service for a patient or family member to help them cope with illness and bereavement.
£57 could pay for a two-hour visit from a specialist hospice at home nurse to help a patient stay at home and make every moment matter.
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