Ruby Learman, was 11 years old when her Grandad died two years ago. She wanted to share her experience of the Hospice with people to show how we change lives across Teesside, making sure no one dies alone or in pain. Ruby has been working hard over the last two years to help raise money for the hospice and raise awareness of the impact we had on her Grandad and families lives.

 'I am writing a story about Teesside Hospice.  I am doing this because two years gone February my Grandad was there as a patient because his prostate cancer had spread.  He had suffered from prostate cancer for fifteen years.  Unfortunately on February 10th he passed away.  This was an awful time for me and my family, but Teesside Hospice was there to comfort and support us.  Although this was a difficult time, the staff at the hospice made us feel safe and thankful for their support.

The hospice offers 24 hours of specialist care in a comfortable and relaxed environment.  It’s a real home from home, where patient’s needs come first, and family and friends can come and go as they please.  There are doctors and nurses available 24 hours a day.  The hospice is 100% run from charity and fundraising.  They need to raise £5,000 each day to continue providing care.

We as a family love to raise money for the hospice.  We have organised several events including coffee mornings, raffles and a race night with an auction.  Altogether, so far we have raised £5,262.  Our aim was to raise enough money for a specialist bed for the inpatient unit.  With the money we raised we  have achieved this.

Although we are all still grieving, we are proud to think that with the money we have raised we have helped other families in our situation.

It makes me realise that good things can come out of bad things.'

Thank you to Ruby and her family for everything you have done. We could not do what we do without you.

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