Robyn & Gillian’s Story

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Robyn & Gillian’s Story

Our mum Anne first came into St Andrew’s Hospice in July 2021. She was in a lot of pain and was referred to the Hospice from the Beatson. Unfortunately, our mum’s cancer spread rapidly. Up until she was diagnosed in June 2021, she had been a fit woman.

Robyn & Gillian's StoryOnly aged 58; a much-loved wife, mum of two daughters and Granny Annie to her grandson, Louie. Our Annie was a fighter and underwent treatment to allow her to spend extra quality and valuable time with us.

When the Hospice was mentioned initially, we made the same assumption as most people; that it was just somewhere people went at the end of their lives. But it felt so warm and welcoming, with an environment you can’t really describe. We felt so comfortable and at home there.

As soon as our Mum arrived at the Hospice, she was quickly made comfortable and her pain was brought under control. When we visited, we could not believe the difference in her! Her appetite had even come back for the first time in weeks. The weather was lovely and she enjoyed an ice cream which had been donated by The Capocci Man at the top of the road.

A week later, our Mum was discharged back home.

Robyn & Gillian's Story“Life’s for living” was Mum’s motto so, in November 2021, we all went to Fuerteventura for one last family holiday. Some of her ashes have since been scattered there.

In late December, Mum’s health started to deteriorate and the District Nurses said they would put a call into the Hospice. Mum had told us that when the time came, the Hospice is where she wished to be. She was admitted back into the Hospice on the 19th December. The Hospice felt very cosy and warm with the Christmas tree lit up outside.

Mum settled quickly again. The staff were so attentive; knowing just what we needed, even when we did not know ourselves. During this time, we went through every emotion and were in our own wee world in Mum’s room.

On 21st December 2021, our Mum passed away peacefully with our Dad and us by her side. Sister Catherine, Director of Mission at the Hospice, was also with us. It was the most peaceful and calm end for her we could have hoped for and it gave us such comfort knowing that we had fulfilled our Mum’s wishes.

Last year Robyn, her partner and Louie attended the Light Up a Life Service in the grounds of the Hospice. Mum used to dedicate a light on the Christmas tree in memory of our Gran. The service was so emotional, but lovely.