More of your money is helping others. From C4C donations and donations made at Charley’s funeral, a whopping £27,725 has now been donated to Martlets Hospice, being specifically directed towards their Hospice at home team who provided Charley and I with so much support over the last 2 years and martlets continue to provide me with support now.
Martlets are a charity entirely dependent on donations from the general public and it is hard for me to believe that without the kindness of others having funded Martlets over the years, then we would not have had their support through such a difficult and heartbreaking time. Charley had a spell in the Hospice, but it was not for her. However, they then put us in touch with the hospice at home team who provide expert end of life care at home which is where Charley wanted to be.
If you’ve chosen to receive end of life care at home it can be a terribly sad and daunting prospect, questioning whether you will be in pain or struggle with symptom control. The hospice at home team, however, were always available to visit, providing high level nursing care, probably similar to that you would find on the ward, but at home, meaning we could be together, and gave Charley the opportunity to spend the most time possible with Aurelia (our daughter) and I. Their experienced team made frequent visits and assisted us with pain management, symptom control, and emotional support. They also work closely with the specialists and doctors at the hospice to ensure you have access to any medication you require urgently.
Martlets are part of the Palliative Care Partnership (PCP) – a combination service of specialists who provide support, care and advice. Once you’re in their care, they make sure that each member of the team, and any health care professionals you see regularly, are updated. It sounds like a simple thing but for us, trying to keep everyone in the loop was a very stressful process, but they take all of that stress away for you. Access to the Palliative Care Partnership is free, but only due to donations. We never thought in a million years we would find ourselves in the position of needing hospice care at our stage in life, but life throws you curve balls and it is not what happens to you, its what you do about it that counts. Charley fought the bravest of fights, she wasn’t one of the fortunate ones, but I know she will be so proud to think she can help others in a similar position to find some comfort.
It really warms my heart to be able to give back to such an important charity who really do make a huge difference to the lives of those who need the most help. It will not bring back my wonderful wife, but if we can help others to have the same support we did in the darkest of times then that really is a gift indeed. It is only thanks to you all and all of your hard work that we are able to give back in such a generous way and for that I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.