Margaret’s story: “Pilgrims helps me make the most of living”

Pilgrims Hospices Wellbeing and Social Programme offers a range of support, including a therapy gym and the chance to make new friends.

Margaret Robbins and her family have experienced some its many benefits.

When I first told my best friend, “I am in the care of the hospice now”, I remember her face dropped. She said, “Oh dear”; but it’s not like that at all. My experience of the support has all been positive. 

It takes a lot of courage to come to the hospice. Some people don’t even want to come through the door because they are so anxious. I was nervous, but I was determined to try it and see what happened.

I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago. As soon as I was out of hospital, and able to reflect, I said yes to a referral here.

When I finally came to my nearest Pilgrims Therapy Centre where all the programmes run, I got such a welcome. I was really surprised to see it was such a happy place.

I expected it to be solemn but it’s very upbeat. People who come are planning to improve their quality of life, and they succeed.

I didn’t feel I had a future, but coming here has given me a lifeline.

Moving on from a hard conversation

Before my referral to Pilgrims I had two big operations for my cancer.

It was taking a long time to recover. Then, eventually, I was told by the consultant that nothing more could be done for me.

That was such a scary conversation to have. I didn’t feel I had much of a future; I could only really think ahead day to day.

Since that difficult time, coming to Pilgrims has given me a lifeline.

A lot on offer

The Wellbeing and Social Programme is free for anyone who, like me, is in the later stages of a life limiting illness. The Pilgrims team looks after your needs as an individual, to help you live better in mind and body.

Our Wellbeing and Social Programme is free for patients and families. It aims to enhance their wellbeing in mind and body.

The first step is to talk to your GP or healthcare professional. They can advise whether the programme is right for you. More information is available here.