Spring is a time when patients are used to enjoying the changing seasons and warmer weather with their loved ones all together. When someone is living with a progressive life limiting illness, it can be so tough, particularly with the thought of it maybe being a last. A time that is usually filled with joy can feel sad, emotional, scary, and often overwhelming.  At Dove House we aim to ease these feelings and create a warm, festive, and comforting environment.

Can you help ensure that Spring 2022 is full of moments that matter for every family who turn to us?

Your donation would mean that each family can concentrate on being just that, a family. That they can enjoy quality time together in Spring and that they can make memories that will stay with them forever.

Alex and Jess kindly agreed to share their story to show the value of your donation(s) to families like theirs.

Alex & Jess' Story

“Our mum passed away quite suddenly after being diagnosed with cancer. No words will ever convey just how much we miss her. She showed no symptoms other than back pain, that resembled a trapped nerve, for months before her death. She was admitted to hospital with a suspected pulmonary embolism however, after further tests, she was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Just 12 days later she passed away in Dove House Hospice.

We’re writing today to share our story in the hope that you will donate to the hospice’s Spring Appeal and help more families like ours.
Until we needed it, we didn’t fully appreciate or understand the importance of a hospice. We actually saw a hospice as a place of sadness, but now having experienced the care at Dove House we appreciate that a hospice is an invaluable place of peace.
Mum spent her last few days at Dove House Hospice where we were all treated with extraordinary kindness, compassion and understanding. Initially when the hospice was suggested we said no, we had no idea about hospices, but Mum started to go down hill quicker than any of us could ever have imagined so we decided to give it a try. Making a decision like this was hard, we weren’t prepared, but being greeted by calmness and compassion right from the very first person we spoke to on Reception, told us we had made the right choice. We had gone from a place so busy and so noisy to a place of calmness filled with empathy from everyone we spoke to. We left our worries there and was able to just be her children for the last few days she had left. We didn’t have to advocate for her needs, we didn’t have to fight for more medication when she was in pain and the relief was huge. The hospice could give her the care and attention she deserved.
Even the little things like taking the time to make her the best cup of tea, which would turn out to be her last, mattered to the hospice team. With it being only 12 days from diagnosis to Mum dying we had nothing in place, we weren’t prepared for any of it. Those hard decisions became easier at the hospice. We were never made to feel we were in the way or that there wasn’t time for us. Everything we asked for was provided and nothing was too much trouble. At the end, the little things become the big things and everything was nice, a word we never thought we would ever use about someone dying, let alone our mum.
Dove House made Mum comfortable in a way she hadn’t been until she came to the hospice. There are not enough words we could use to thank everyone there for everything they did for Mum and for us.
Please consider making a donation to this Spring Appeal. Your support today will directly help families like ours, families who never expected to need hospice care but who cannot imagine what would have happened without it.
You never know when you might need Dove House, please help ensure it is there for any family who turns to them during the most difficult days.