Marion and Olive both visit our Bradbury Wellbeing Centre once a week and since meeting at the hospice have become great friends. They were both unsure what to expect when being referred to the hospice, but their Monday visit has since become the highlight of their week.
“I was very unsure when I first heard the word hospice, it was quite scary and I didn’t know what to expect, but now I wouldn’t miss it for the world and wish I could come in on more days,” explains Marion, a breast cancer patient.
Originally from Yorkshire, she now lives in Old Woking on her own. Visiting each week has become a lifeline for her and also allowed her to form a new valuable friendship with fellow day care patient Olive.
“We all have our times when we struggle, but we are there for each other and we understand,” adds Olive, who for 61 years has been married to Michael. They live together in Knaphill, but are originally from Esher.
“Although we have each other and Michael cares for me; the day I come to the hospice is a break for us both. As you get older you spend so much more of your time together and it’s good for us both to get out and meet with other people. It’s wonderful here and I have made a great friend in Marion.
I have respiratory disease and have breathing difficulties, and although the staff always look like they are having fun with all the activities, they know when I need help – it really is amazing.”
Marion adds: “I cannot fault the care I receive when I visit. The staff are all wonderful and Andrew, the volunteer driver who collects me each week, is so helpful. It really makes my day seeing him. I couldn’t believe it when I started coming here that they offered me massages and reflexology. Now I don’t have to see a physio at home anymore, as they can do that for me here, and the spa bath is wonderful too.”
For Marion and Olive visiting once a week has made a huge difference to them both. Meeting with others to share their experiences and understand what others are going through means they can support each other as well as have plenty of laughs.