Below are excerpts from a letter send from the McCarthy Family to The League of Friends, expressing their thanks to all for the exceptional care and support shown to their mom Pauline and the family whilst at John Taylor Hospice.
A Tribute to Our Wonderful Mom – August 2014
The McCarthy Family
In February 2014, mom had gone through 12 months of treatment for her cancer, the visiting community nurse mentioned John Taylor Hospice to us and although mom wasn’t keen, a lovely lady from the Hospice visited mom at home with the words ‘we’re going to look after you now if you’ll let us.’ Mom was totally won over and collected by the St John’s ambulance the following morning and taken without fuss to the Hospice.
It was the little things at the Hospice that made a difference to mom and the family.
Access to the Visitors room which had plentiful tea and coffee facilities which kept us plied with hot drinks during our visits.
The wonderful spacious en-suite room mom had – which allowed me to work from the hospice during the day and meant a lot to me and mom as I was there whenever she needed me.
Allowing the grandchildren to visit whenever they wanted – the wonderful room allowed us all to sit with mom at the same time which we wouldn’t have been able to do easily at home.
The kind lady from the League of Friends, who brought crisps and chocolates round on the trolley for the grandchildren when they visited.
The League of Friends drinks trolley! Now my mom didn’t drink alcohol but I think dad may have took advantage of the Port on offer!
The fact that everyone called my mom by her name and my dad too for that matter. That meant a lot as mom was treated and made to feel like a guest rather than a patient. As far as my sister and I were concerned, all of this was what mom deserved.
To us, it meant that we had no worries, we could have never have provided mom with the standard of care at home that she received at the hospice, or the level of comfort or dignity.
We donated to the League of Friends for John Taylor a cheque for £1000 from our family and friends and we hope that this will help go some small way to continue some of the little things that all add up to the fantastic care that my mom and others received when they pass through the hospice.
We will never be able to thank the staff and League of Friends volunteers enough for the care of our mom.
George (Ron) Aiers
The League of Friends were privileged to meet Mary Aiers and her daughter Jean Wood, who have generously donated the fantastic sum of £590.00 in memory of their husband and dad George (Ron) Aiers.
George was a great man with a big heart and was loved by all who knew him.
George’s family and friends have all contributed to this donation, which shows the deep level of love and respect everyone had for him.
So we would like to thank everyone for their contributions and for thinking of The League of Friends even at this sad time.