Story

Eight years ago my mother was diagnosed with Cancer. After an operation and a course of chemotherapy she was given the all clear.

Following this she slowly gained weight and got better and each year for the next five years she was given the all clear. I read somewhere that if you were clear after 5 years you had the same chances of getting cancer again as someone who has never had cancer, but luck was not on her side.  Two years ago my mother started getting pains in her stomach and began eating less.  She had more check ups and it slowly became apparent that the cancer had returned. We were never told that it was terminal, just that it could not be operated on.

Over the coming year Mum became weaker as visits to hospital became more frequent and Dad started doing more and more to care for her.  Her routine became centred around radiotherapy, chemo and blood transfusions. The visits to hospital were draining but as the stays in hospital lengthened, the lack of privacy and frustrations with the care received became too much.  It was then that the Princess Alice Hospice became involved.

Suddenly from crowded wards and NHS meals she had a private room, meals that she wanted and a wonderful caring environment. When the time was right the Princess Alice Hospice provided everything we needed to take Mum home including home help, hospital bed and oxygen. And, just as importantly, they told us what to expect. 

Mum had two good weeks before she died, the sun shined, she ate better, ordered us about and even went outside into the garden. I have an image that will stay with me forever of one of these days with the whole family in the garden having fun and chatting. I looked over to Mum and she was just looking around, taking in the scene as if it was the first and last time she had, or would ever see her beloved garden.

We will always be grateful for those last days with Mum and so we are attempting to raise money for the hospices, particularly Princess Alice's. We want to give something back and continue to give others the support they need at the most difficult of times, making the unbearable that little bit easier.

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Raising money for

Hospice UK

Hospice UK

Charity Registration No. 1014851

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. We champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK, so that they can deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life limiting conditions, and support their families.

Donations 210

Donation by Walter McIntosh on 06/09/13

$20.00

Well done Ben - brilliant to celebrate your achievement with all the family and friends. Carry's chuffed I bet! Hugs, P x

Donation by P John on 07/08/13

Well done rat-boy!!

Donation by Tom Beevers on 07/08/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done Ben, congratulations!

Donation by Christine on 04/08/13

£20.00

she had a lot of fans in Ireland too, good luck

Donation by Anonymous on 04/08/13

10,00 €

Best of luck to you Ben. Your mother gave a lot of good memories to so many, how luck you were to have her.

Donation by Jon Dear on 02/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good cause. Well done.

Donation by Michael Maynard on 31/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Jamie Honeybourne on 30/07/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

text donation

With love and respect to Carry, a lovely person and wonderful actress. Also in memory of my mother, who I lost to this dreadful disease.

Donation by Richard Walters on 08/07/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

via sms

Good luck, beautiful story about the garden

Donation by on 04/07/13

10,00 €

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 27/06/13

£5.00

via sms

Donation by Anonymous on 08/06/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck, Ben. Your mother and her work gave so many happy memories to so many people - a beautiful person who is greatly missed.

Donation by John Molyneux on 08/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck on your ride, Ben. Caroline was a wonderful person and actress and is missed by all her fans.

Donation by Richard Preston on 27/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Kevin Parker on 11/05/13

$50.00

Very best of luck Ben, in memory of a lovely lady.

Donation by Michael Stevens on 10/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the best Ben - keep peddling mate!!

Donation by Craig Jones on 09/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

good luck ben i met your mam a couple of times she was a lovely lady missed by all dr who fans

Donation by martyn craigs on 09/05/13

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 07/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Ben.

Donation by Ali and Mark Ford on 07/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I know your mom wasn't defined by being on Doctor Who, but she was my favorite companion. So I donate in her honor and memory.

Donation by BRIGID BATTEN on 06/05/13

$10.00

Donation by Philip Templeton on 06/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Derrick Smith on 05/05/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 03/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck from Germany, Ben! Your mother was the best companion ever. Whovians everywhere miss her.

Donation by Doris on 03/05/13

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,034.44
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£143.00
  • Total raised£3,177.44
  • Gift Aid£591.50

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