Margaret Duffy's brother Norman was a patient at the hospice
“I was aware of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in the past. I am a teacher and used to raise funds doing the Go Yellow walk in Bellahouston Park for the Brick by Brick Appeal. At that time I never thought I would be visiting a close relative here.
“I was of the opinion that the hospice was for the terminally ill and when you went in you really wouldn’t be coming back out.
“My brother was a patient for two weeks and over that time it made me realise the hospice was not just a place to come and not ever come out of; people came here for daycare, and they could make visits home. Certainly in my own experience with my brother we took opportunities to go out for walks with him in the wheelchair, weather permitting.
“I remember I was very impressed when I saw my brother in the ward, he was a totally different person to the one I had left the day before in the hospital. His general health seemed to have improved overnight, and his attitude, he seemed very comfortable. It was like he was in a little room at home. The atmosphere was very calm and gentle.
“I do think the hospice is an extension of home, it took away that feeling on an austere hospital environment.
“The whole atmosphere within the hospice, the way the patient was so very much the focus, and the quality of life of Norman’s remaining days, were really important.
“Fundraising is vital to the hospice. I believe the same as most people, cancer and other terminal illnesses don’t really hit you until one of your own, a close family member or a friend, is affected.“Coming to the hospice made a huge difference in that final fortnight because the care had been taken away from me and I knew every day when I left him in the evening that I was leaving him in the most capable hands, the best care and attention that could be provided. I took great comfort in that. >“Norman was a sea captain and he absolutely loved the outdoors. The first thing he asked when I came into the ward was could we get a wheelchair so we could go out for a couple of hours. He just loved the walks by the Clyde. “I think The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is extremely important because it allows family members to be family members as opposed to a carer in those final hard days. You can spend some real quality time with your loved one.”