“I come here every Thursday and look forward to it.”

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Keith is full-time carer to his wife, Kathleen, a former nurse who has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for the last decade.

Kathleen, who attends South Bucks Hospice, said: “I have fun. I come here every Thursday and look forward to it. I have used the physiotherapy equipment for exercise, had some counselling here which was wonderful, but mostly come here to socialise and give Keith time to do what he wants to do. I think it’s important for him to have time for himself.”

What is often not so well known is the help that can be provided to the carers and families of the patients.

Keith said: “Going to the hospice is just a little bit of light relief in the week – Kathleen gets to meet other people instead of just me and I can get on with doing a couple of things or just going home and having a cup of tea.

“I have to say I have been impressed with the general facility and the extent of services available. The counselling Kathleen has received has benefited us both, in that her improved mental wellbeing also spins off to improving our daily life together and everything that goes with it.”