I was a bit dubious the first time I went to ellenor. But they welcomed me so warmly and I had a lovely lunch. The following week they picked me up and I went back again – I was hooked. I made such close friends at the hospice, others like me living with a very difficult illness. I treasured my day each week at the hospice.
When the pandemic arrived they introduced me to ‘Zoom’. I had no idea at first – I’m not very technical! But they showed me how and I can do it all for myself now.
I’ve been told that they will be ready for me to come back into the hospice again in a couple of weeks and honestly I can’t wait. I so want to see my friends, and the staff who look after us all so well. I really don’t think they realise just how much they’ve helped me.
Now, I don’t drink tea; I’ve always just had water. But a few months after I started going to ellenor I won first prize in one of their raffles – a food hamper, inside which were two packets of fancy fruit tea which I brought into the hospice to share the following week. And do you know, I quite liked it! We were all sitting round, sipping our tea, just chatting. That’s what I’ve missed the most – and I can’t wait to have that feeling again.