11th November 2021

    Bharti and Aneesha’s story

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    Bharti who is 50 and lives in Egham first had contact with the hospice in the summer of 2021 after a recommendation from her oncologist to seek some advice on palliative care and a referral from her District Nurse. Bharti has Metastatic Breast Cancer and received the news in December 2019 that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, bone marrow, lungs and recently to her ovaries too.

    “I didn’t know what to expect and couldn’t get my head around it to start with as when you hear hospice you think of one thing” commented Bharti “But now my perception of hospice care has completely changed”.

    Caring for a patient with a life limiting illness is not just about providing medical care with pain and symptom relief. At the hospice we also provide complementary and occupational therapy treatments through our Wellbeing Centre and emotional support through our Counselling Team for our patients and their families.

    The Hospice Counselling team is a combination of staff and volunteer counsellors who are all specially trained professionals with many years’ of experience providing our patients and their families with a supportive and confidential environment.

    Bharti is supported by one of our volunteer counsellors who is able to provide her with the opportunity to talk through any anxieties or concerns she may be experiencing.

    “When I first came to the Hospice I didn’t know what to expect as I had never been to a hospice before but the Wellbeing Centre is so relaxing and welcoming and the beautiful smell of lavender is instantly calming” commented Bharti “We know the hospice are there at the end of the phone if we need them whether it be for medication or for counselling and I feel reassured that my children have relationships with the staff at the hospice so it won’t be so scary for them all”.

    Bharti’s daughter Aneesha is also receiving counselling from another member of our team who she has been meeting with via Zoom and Facetime due to the pandemic.

    “To start with we had some family counselling sessions but it has been more beneficial for me to talk with a Counsellor on my own and I know they are there to help me come to terms with my Mums cancer” said Aneesha.

    Bharti and Aneesha have also benefited from visiting our Bradbury Wellbeing Centre which is based in the Hospice. Our Wellbeing Team provide our patients and their carers with complementary therapy treatments, these are non-medical treatments that have many beneficial effects such as aiding relaxation and reducing stress as well making them feel special, pampered and cared for.

    “We have only had the opportunity to visit the Wellbeing Centre a couple of times as I had to go back into hospital because I was very unwell but both Aneesha and I have so been looking forward to coming back in” added Bharti “It is so nice to have the chance to be pampered and to take our minds off things”.

    In September Aneesha took on the Surrey Half Marathon to help raise funds for the Hospice and smashed her target of £500 by raising an incredible £2,132.

    “The hospice has helped me immensely throughout my mum’s cancer diagnosis. The staff are incredibly helpful and are always on the other end of the phone for advice and assistance their support has been crucial in helping us through this journey” said Aneesha

    7th November 2017

    Emma’s story

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    As someone who has had a loved one cared for by Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, and who has had first-hand-experience of the hospice’s support for myself and my five-year-old son Max and what a hugely worthwhile charity it is.

    I lost my Mum after her brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease. I would have been lost without the support of such a wonderful team of specialists at the hospice. After Mum passed, I benefited from the hospice’s bereavement services and as part of my healing process I wanted to be able to do something to give back. But it was actually Mum who inspired me to do the London Marathon as she left me £1,000 in sponsorship money as an incentive in her will.

    As part of my training I did a number of other challenge runs, including the hospice’s annual Midnight Walk. The experience of taking part in all these events motivated me to keep going towards my goal of completing the gruelling 26 mile London Marathon, which I am proud to say I did in under six hours. It will go down as one of the best days in my life, as well as one of the hardest. But having Max there to cheer me on as I crossed the finish line – I cannot express what a special moment that was.

    The standard of care, empathy, respect and compassion the hospice showed towards Mum was fabulous and everyone who needs this sort of specialist care should be able to access it. Your help and support will therefore make a huge difference to many families just like mine


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