“Neil felt so comfortable there, and the staff came to feel like friends.”

Home > How we help > “Neil felt so comfortable there, and the staff came to feel like friends.”

Liz shared her young family’s experience at The Hospice of St Francis:

“We were planning to celebrate my husband Neil’s 40th birthday, but in one short moment, our lives shifted. A surgeon explained that Neil had a stage 4 tumour.

Neil couldn’t stand the thought of leaving our daughters without a father. He underwent relentless courses of treatment to try to prolong his life. Neil was suffering overwhelming pain, and we didn’t know where to turn.

When we arrived at The Hospice of St Francis, it was such a relief. Finally, someone was listening to us with empathy and patience. Neil felt so comfortable there, and the staff came to feel like friends.

The Hospice was like an oasis. I could have every dinner there with Neil, walk with him through the garden. We had time to have the conversations we needed to have. The girls sometimes stayed overnight, and we’d have a pizza or play Nintendo. Lucy kept saying how lucky Daddy was to be in such a beautiful place.

Those days and nights meant so much to us, spending quality time together. That extra time we spent with Neil was so incredibly precious. I want other families to be able to have that too.”

Money raised from The Hospice Lottery helps Hospice of St Francis fund services that provide essential care for those in need.

Play Now