Luke is a Hospice in the Weald supporter. His mum Sue was cared for by Hospice in the Weald and died on our In-Patient Unit in September 2014. Here, he explains why he is continuing to support us.
One year on from his mum Sue Brewer’s death, Luke Jones set out to ensure that other terminally ill patients cared for by us can enjoy the same level of supportive and compassionate care that made his mum’s final weeks and days so much easier to bear.
Luke took part in the Hospice in the Weald 10K road run around Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 20th September, just five days after the anniversary of Sue’s death on the In-Patient Unit at the Hospice in Pembury.
“It was nice timing,” said Luke. “I could remember Mum and raise money to enable other patients to get the same wonderful care that my mum received. My brother Sam has been volunteering at Hospice in the Weald since March and this was my way of supporting my local hospice. Before my mum went into Hospice in the Weald, people would have taken part in charity events bringing in the money that paid for her care so I wanted to do the same thing and help to fund care for future patients.
“Mum spent eight weeks at Hospice in the Weald and it was just a lovely place for her to be. It was hard going to see her but the nurses are pretty amazing and our family knew she was receiving the best care which did provide comfort. The situation was sad but all of the hospice staff made it cheerful. She had always been such a positive, cheerful person and the hospice made sure she could still be that way, even then. There was lots of stuff for her to do like making birthday cards and enjoying the gardens.
“My family and I also attended Hospice in the Weald’s Light up a Life Service last December and we plan to do the same this year. It was a poignant way to remember Mum at a tough time of year.”