Though the period of time that Paula and Andy's Dad, Dave received care from the hospice was brief, it meant the world to his family.
The family told us that his Dad had never really been ill before and rarely had need to go to the doctor for anything. However, over the years he had suffered with a persistent cough, particularly during winter and it seemed to be getting worse.
Dave went to have some chest X-rays in 2018 which came back clear and the cough started to disappear but during the winter of 2019 it reappeared. He had several doctors appointments and was prescribed antibiotics and more tests were done. It was discovered that he had developed a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and was starting to feel unwell.
Andy said: "It was then we learnt of the cancer. Everything was so quick. In eight short days we had found out Dad had cancer and two days later that it was terminal and he passed away five days after that. It was no time at all and simply heart-breaking."
"Louise, the nurse from Cynthia Spencer had been to see Mum and Dad after they learnt of the diagnosis, she was kind, caring, spent the time getting to know them both and offered so much help and advice" Andy continued.
Dave with our hospice mascot, Spencer
Dave wanted to be at home with his family and with the help of the hospice team they did everything they could to make him as comfortable as possible.
Andy, (left) with his Mum Sylvia and Dad Dave (right) at sister, Paula's wedding to Sean
"As Dad deteriorated the on-call team were there to offer advice and on hearing how poorly Dad had become so quickly Louise made sure she came over to help us, nothing was too much trouble. After Dad passed away Louise kept in touch, she popped over to see Mum and was always at the end of the phone. Whilst we had a very limited amount of contact with the staff and the hospice we cannot thank Cynthia Spencer enough. To care for people at their hour of need in all they do is simply remarkable."
Nurse Louise who became such a comfort to the Lawrence family
The family were determined to show their appreciation for the care given to Dave and asked for donations at Dave's funeral. As a family they also set up a Go Fund Me page to raise more money and Andy's employer, Cadent Gas, made a contribution too. The total that the family have raised is a fabulous £3,016.
Louise, with the Lawrence family and the fundraising amount the family has raised (it's increased since then)!
Dave's wife Sylvia and daughter Paula with their bracelet charms made with his ashes
Andy and his colleague from Cadent, together with hospice Louise who cared for Dave, at the hospice's Donation Station
The family are not finished with their fundraising though! "Lockdown and all the restrictions on events has made it difficult to do any physical fundraising however, it won’t stop us and we'll be in touch with more details of things we have done as a family to raise money for this cause." In support of the Lawrence family, Sylvia's neighbour Rachel has also done her bit to raise money for the hospice by running a coffee and cake stall at a community event in Parklands raising a wonderful £320.