Becky’s story

Becky, from Hindley, did her first ever sky dive to raise funds for the hospice in memory of her dad Brian Leonard.
Brian sadly passed away at the hospice on April 23rd 2016 after 5 days spent on the Inpatient Unit (IPU).

She said: “My dad had a debilitating stroke and we cared for him at home for 14 months. When he started to decline we were put in touch with the hospice although we were thinking we might want to keep him at home.

“I’d never been in the hospice before and I didn’t know what it did – I thought that you just came in and died. I also had a perception it was just for cancer patients, I didn’t realise they could help people like us.”

Brian had been receiving care from the Hospice In Your Home team for two weeks before he was referred by them to the Inpatient Unit at the hospice.
“When we came in and saw how they were with him, and how they were with us as a family, I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” added Becky.

“It was just little things: he hadn’t been outside in 18 months and staff made it so we could wheel him outside and he could feel the breeze on his face and the sun was shining. He had a taste of whisky too and he was really responsive which he hadn’t been for months. He loved nature and birds, if you went around he’d always be outside in the garden, so it meant a lot.

“A number of my friends and colleagues have also used the hospice and its services with their families and you don’t realise how much an integral part of the community the hospice is until you need it. I can’t thank the hospice enough for what they’ve done for us as a family.”