Abbie’s mum and dad were both cared for by St Gemma’s and they sadly died within three years of each other. Abbie was a teenager at the time and was supported by the team for several years afterwards. Here’s Abbie’s story, which was shared on Children in Need in 2018.
Abbie really valued the bereavement service and told us:
“St Gemma’s gave the most exceptional care to my parents throughout their Illnesses and in their final days, something I will be forever grateful for. The Hospice was the constant that helped to provide a sense of comfort within the hardest of circumstances. They helped me come to terms with my future without my Mum and Dad.
I attended group sessions, went on trips and weekends away. These sessions allowed us to have some fun and be around other young people going through similar situations. I really believe the support I received had a positive impact on me and equipped me to deal with the challenges that would lie ahead. Without that support from them, and other people around me, I would not be where I am today.
The new pavilion looks amazing and it will make a massive difference to the children who use it. I’m delighted to support the Hospice so they can continue caring for people like me and my parents. In April I’ll be running the London Marathon to raise funds.”
You can sponsor Abbie via her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abbie-stone3