Daughter’s gift brings comfort for future families
Joy and surprise spread over their faces as the doors opened and, for the first time, Malcolm and Hilary Judge could see the full impact of their daughter’s legacy to the hospice. A plush new visitor’s room for families and patients – all thanks to their daughter’s selfless gift to the charity that cared for her.
Inspired to give
Verity Judge came to Pilgrims for help in coping with a life limiting illness. She turned to the team for care and advice, to manage her symptoms and remain as independent as possible in her own home.
Martyn Yates, spiritual care lead, said: “Verity praised the wonderful care she received from the whole Pilgrims team, and the excellent clinical facilities, but she wanted to help us make the experience for visitors better.”
The old visitor’s room was very tired and there was nothing properly adapted for people to stay overnight.
Many of the families who come to visit loved ones on our ward want to sleep over. Thanks to Verity’s generosity they can do that now.
“Many of the families who come to visit loved ones on our ward want to sleep over, or spend time together outside the hospice room just doing ordinary things like having a cup of tea together or reading a magazine,” said Martyn. “Verity wanted to improve that.”
She asked for a legacy of £25,000 to be donated to the hospice.
Changing rooms for the better
Thanks to the gift, the visitor’s facilities in Canterbury hospice have been totally transformed.
Click here to find out more about our services, including our new Wellbeing and Social programme which supports people and their families to live well.
Thanks to that gift, the visitor’s facilities in Pilgrims Canterbury hospice have been totally transformed.
Old furniture has been replaced with comfortable new, quality sofas and chairs. These compliment the fresh colour schemes in the room, and are durable and easy to clean.
Attractive patterned wallpaper and paintings now hang on once-beige walls and within the 60-foot long lounge there are now five individual seating areas, each with their own lamps and wooden screens and blinds so families can have privacy if they want it.
Some of the new sofas fold out into beds too so people can stay overnight. There’s a new kitchenette for having hot and cold drinks and a dining table area to eat food ordered from the hospice kitchen.
There are toys and books for children, and even a piano for anyone to use.
“The magic of Christmas came early to Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury as we open the new patient and family lounge that is a truly special gift from Verity.” Said Cate Russell, Pilgrims Hospices Chief Executive. “Thanks to Verity’s generosity and vision, and to the kindness of several local tradespeople who gave their time to complete the renovations, this room now brings a real feeling of home comforts.”
The revamp is just one in a series of projects broaden the support Pilgrims offers to local people.
“Every single moment together matters when someone in your family is terminally ill. We know from current national thinking and from talking to our service users that the way a space looks and is organised makes a huge difference to the comfort and wellbeing of our patients and families. Verity’s wonderful gift will make a huge difference for hundreds of local people.”
Our charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on our wards, to our new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.
Click here to read about some of the other improvement projects that are happening at Pilgrims Hospices three sites.
Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury is also in line to receive a brand new hospice build in the next five years, thanks to a donation from a local charitable trust. If this is secured, all the furniture and fittings from the old site will be moved to be used in the new hospice.
Did you know? 1 in 4 patients cared for by the hospice are cared for using funds which have been donated through legacy gifts. To find out more click here.