What your support means – Georgina’s Story
When Georgina’s mother was pronounced terminally ill, it was unexpected and shook her life. But when her mother was transferred to Sobell House in Oxford, Georgina’s whole perception of hospice care was to be transformed. Georgina explains;
“As I left that first night I was assured that she was comfortable and in the best of hands. I would be telephoned if anything happened and could visit any time. I felt happy for the first time in weeks! Sobell House had begun working its magic and I had learned a most important lesson – that this place was about life – not death.
“I was never once spoken down to, ignored or made to feel irrelevant. Everyone was patient with my endless questions and general worries.
“My mother was to spend six weeks at the Hospice and during that time they supported us through the Community Team who came to our home, as did her consultant. That my mother was home at all, and for Christmas, was a miracle made real by the determination, kindness and understanding of their social worker. Without her tireless efforts we would have missed many magic moments.
“When the inevitable happened I was counselled and comforted from the start. There was nothing but kindness and care. Mum was made comfortable and lacked nothing. Each stage was explained and each explanation accompanied by a shoulder to cry on. I was able to stay with her day and night and blessed to have her in my arms as she died. I am privileged to have experienced Sobell House. I know that my mother could not have been given more to enable her to live to her end in a manner that was dignified and personal.”
All of the profits generated by people playing the Local Hospice Lottery are used to provide essential hospice care across England and Scotland. Those £1s really add up and make a big difference. In fact, Local Hospice Lottery expects to raise at least £850,000 for Sobell House over five years (from April 2016). That’s A LOT of care and support for A LOT of families and we simply couldn’t do it without our wonderful lottery players.
By becoming a member of Local Hospice Lottery for as little as just £1 per week, you can help to ensure that local hospices such as Sobell House are able to keep caring for people like Georgina and her mother, both now and in the future. And with as many as 7,900 cash prizes being issued automatically every year – there really couldn’t be an easier way to help AND be in with a great chance of winning. It’s a win-win situation! Click here to sign up today!