Daughter signs up to Saint Francis Hospice’s Star Walk to thank ‘wonderful’ staff
PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 11 May 2017
A daughter is paying tribute to the “angels” who cared for her mother before she died of cancer, by taking part in a community charity walk.
Amanda Green and six friends will participate in this year’s Star Walk, a 10km event raising funds for Havering-atte-Bower’s Saint Francis Hospice.
The charity looked after Amanda’s mother Salli Hope Bennett in the weeks before her death in November.
Now Amanda has shared her story in the first of a series of fortnightly articles the Recorder is publishing in the run-up to the walk.
Amanda said: “It is hard to describe until you are in the situation but the people at the hospice are wonderful; the nurses and their assistants are angels, the doctors are so caring, the domestic team are every bit as involved as the medics – the love and compassion around you from everyone is amazing.”
Salli, 80, who had lived with an autoimmune condition for 16 years, was diagnosed with lung cancer in September, and referred to the hospice a month later. The staff not only cared for her until she died, but gave vital support to her family.
“It is all the little human interactions that help you get through this horrible time and it was the kindness and understanding of people like William, the night porter, who helped me through,” said Amanda.
“My mum was wonderful, stoic and much loved. For me the question having experienced this wonderful care for mum and incredible support for my family is, how could you not want to give something back?”
The Star Walk takes place on July 8, starting from Market Place, Romford. Amanda, of Woodford Green, will walk with friends Joanne Baker, Hilary and Meg Ward, Chris Gentle, Anna Murphy and Sara O’Keefe. Visit sfh.org.uk/star-walk.