Francois Herman lost his wife Ali to cancer in 2016. She spent time at the Day Centre and her final few weeks being cared for by Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH).
Francois describes his experience:
"My wife Ali used to visit MSH on a weekly basis before being admitted. She loved her Wednesday visits to the Day Centre doing crafts with other people who had similar diagnose as she had. Her days started with a volunteer, Paul, who would pick her up from home and take her to the Day Centre. She would enjoy being looked after by the staff, who would arrange for her to see a doctor, do arts & crafts, have her hair cut, get her nails done and when possible, she would even get a bit of a massage or other similar treatments, which she loved. She always came home very relaxed and 'chilled'. From day one to the very last minute, the staff at MSH could never do enough for Ali. Not only could they not do enough for Ali, but they also went out of their way for Ali's family, friends and visitors, who were always looked after too. The care at Michael Sobell Hospice is world class. Ali had to celebrate her birthday in the Hospice. We had fantastic weather and we gave Ali a birthday party outside in the garden. Again the staff went out of their way to do whatever they could to make the day more special for her.
"Money cannot buy the service and care that was offered to Ali, other patients, families & friends. I appreciate everything you did for Ali during her stay and will be forever indebted to your kindness."
Juliet Poulton lost her husband David to cancer in August 2016. He spent his final few weeks being cared for by Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH).
Juliet describes her experience:
“Although this was my first experience of a hospice, the care was simply marvellous. It was tailored specifically to my husband David's needs as they arose, and as much as was possible. The approach from the doctors and the nursing staff was warm, very attentive, open and honest.
"I could see that David was being looked after by people who really cared. I saw real kindness and compassion from them all. This also includes everyone else he and I came into contact with; housekeeping staff and volunteers too. Near the end of his life when I became quite anxious about what was going to happen to him, the senior sister sat me down and spent time talking me through the probable scenario and physical processes that were playing on my mind. The most stand out moment for me, was actually seeing him pass away peacefully (which had been one of my real fears)."
"It is difficult to sum up Michael Sobell Hospice in just a few words but some that spring to mind are: kind, caring, reassuring, homely, calm, attentive, sincere and comforting..."