Blythe House Hospice is here to support anyone affected by cancer, life-limiting illness or bereavement.
Their Hospice at Home services enables patients with advanced illness to be cared for, and to die at home if that is their wish.
If you, or someone you know may benefit from any of the services Blythe House offers, they are here to help.
Blythe House Hospice receives 23% funding from the government and needs to raise £926,000 a year/£2500 a day to remain open and continue supporting the community.
Why your donations and support help change lives at Blythe House Hospice...
Ann’s husband, Richard, became terminally ill with cancer, and the family decided to care for him at home. Ann didn’t realise how difficult that was going to be: “Naively we thought it was going to be easy looking after someone with a terminal illness, but it’s 24/7 and it’s not easy. We wanted to do it, but became exhausted very quickly."
Ann and her daughter arrived home with Richard on Friday afternoon with no help or care in place. “I got in touch with Blythe House’s Hospice at Home service, and Ruth came to see us very quickly, and she gave a lot of very helpful advice. Hospice at Home then put a care plan in place for us during the day and night, and we felt much more organised within a week. Blythe was such a lifesaver, I don’t know how we would have managed without their advice and help. Just to be able to have the night off I found very beneficial, it was just so reassuring to have someone reliable and supportive there, and not to feel on your own.
One of the carers we had was a lovely man, he would sit and chat to Richard during the night. It was nice change for Richard to have a man to chat to – they chatted about football, cars, or whatever their interests were. Nothing was too much trouble for anybody at Blythe House, and everybody we came into contact with was very caring and supportive.
One of the most special things about being at home was that Richard was able to see his 3 grandchildren, at home rather than in a hospital which he really appreciated.
Everyone was so supportive and wonderful, and that continued afterwards - it really was a complete revelation to me – I didn’t fully realise what hospice at home was until we made use of it.”