Tony Burroughs lost his wife Barbara to cancer four years ago. She spent her last three weeks being cared for by Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH).

Tony describes his experience:

“Barbara’s care at MSH was excellent, the hospice was always really well staffed and all of the nurses knew exactly what they were doing and nothing was too much trouble. Barbara and I often said we don’t know how they managed to get so many wonderful people under one roof. The hospice made what was a very difficult time as pleasant as possible and Barbara even had a gin and tonic in a beaker the day before she died.

“After Barbara passed away the hospice became a wonderful source of support especially since I didn’t have any close family around me. The Lead Sister Margaret Wilcock was really kind and supportive to me afterwards. I also spent some time with Sue Tippen, the social work lead, having some bereavement counselling to help me get through that difficult time. After a while I started attending some bereavement coffee evenings at the hospice Day Centre and started to meet lots of other people who had lost loved ones and understood exactly what I was going through. It was a great comfort to me to go to these evenings and I made a few good friends there.

"After Barbara died I decided to move to Cornwall to be with our oldest friends who had recently moved down there and I am now helping in a local hospice to keep myself busy. Even though I am no longer living in Ruislip I will always have a strong link to Michael Sobell Hospice and will continue to support it as much as I can."