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Fond memories of hospice


I read with great fondness, and also with a mixture of sad and happy memories, about an open house event at Beaumond House Community Hospice in the 25 Years Ago column (Advertiser, November 3).

I remember only too well the early years of Beaumond House.

My son, Carl Wigmore, was aged 15 and recently diagnosed with leukaemia and spent a lot of time in and out of Nottingham City Hospital.

Our wonderful GP, Dr Peter Jones, introduced us to the equally wonderful Sue Tomlinson, care manager at Beaumond House.

Carl was a little apprehensive about visiting the hospice, but with the support and love of Sue he went for a visit.

It was not properly up and running and I remember one room at the front of the hospice being full of recliner chairs — Peter Jones even delivered one of them for Carl in the back of his car to use at home.

Sue and her team made us all feel so welcome.

I also had two other much younger children of ten and 18 months.

Sue took Carl on trips out, arranged a day out for him with the Make A Wish Foundation with Nottinghamshire Police, while still running Beaumond House and raising the profile of the hospice.

Carl loved to go and see Sue as a day visitor.

As I said, it was early days and I think at the time he was one of the youngest as it was more geared up for the older patients but he still got all the love, care and support he needed right up to when he died in May, 1992.

The staff there at that time had such passion and belief for the hospice and it was great to see.

About a year after Carl died I went to the hospice as a volunteer.

I joined a really lovely team of caring professionals and volunteers.

Nothing was too much trouble for any of us as far as the patients were concerned — we would turn our hand to anything.

I eventually joined the staff and stayed for four years working with the most selfless people I could ever wish to meet.

I have such fond memories of Beaumond House, the staff, volunteers and patients, and I hope that the passion, commitment and love still continues.

I used to describe it as a home from home.

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