Thank you for the article relating to the remarkable Angela Matthewson who I was lucky enough to have as a great friend and fellow patient at HospiceCare.
Angela and I began attending the hospice at around the same time four years ago and have both received immense support from Sue Gilbertson, her staff and team of volunteers.
We both quickly discovered that the hospice is truly about life and not, as so often perceived, only death.
We both also discovered that life after a life-limiting diagnosis does not have to be filled with gloom and doom and I would urge anyone who is struggling in this situation to contact the hospice who can offer amazing constructive support to both the patient, their family, carers and friends.
The hospice is a wonderful resource and unfortunately it seems to be rarely mentioned at that very difficult time of diagnosis by either hospital or GP staff.
Angela and I had some excellent times, particularly during our Angelas’ Amble in 2011, and it’s great news that the hospice has set up the Angela Matthewson Legacy Fund – she will never be forgotten.
Funding is so crucial and it should never be forgotten that the hospice was initially founded due very much to the incredibly generous donation of Hazel Marsden, who had herself been diagnosed with breast cancer.
HospiceCare North Northumberland is a place of laughter and fun as well as the occasional inevitable tears. Never be afraid to seek their support. It really can enhance your life.
Thank you from a very grateful friend and patient!
Angela Judith Carr