Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Roger Hynd

Roger Hynd, from Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, is a day services patient at the hospice

A former Rangers and Crystal Palace player, Roger is also the nephew of legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly.

He started visiting the hospice as a daycare patient  in 2014 to receive pain relief, and talks warmly about the “unusual band of friends” he has met when getting cancer treatment.

He says: "This hospice is a special place. I have found it very helpful, it's a very safe place."

As well as getting help and advice from medical staff, Roger has had access to a number of alternative therapies.

"I've had reiki, I've had physio and I did a bit of creative writing," he says. "There are lots of different things you can turn your hand or your mind to. I said I would give them a try and I have found them helpful."

In the creative writing class, Roger wanted to write his obituary, to pass on to his children and grandchildren the story of their family. Roger's roots are steeped in footballing heritage.

"I wanted to write down all the names and addresses of my family so they have a starting place. I wound up with about half a notebook,” he says.

"I found it emotive remembering things... all the people you know and meet, friends I made at school and college, and friends I've kept through all of these years.

"There were a few times when I was in tears. But I've found that here tears don't matter, they are almost expected and nobody thinks of it as embarrassment."

Staff at the hospice worked with Rangers to take Roger along to a home game at Ibrox and a walk down memory lane, revisiting the trophy room and catching up with old friends, former Rangers player Colin Jackson and ex-St Mirren player Cameron Murray.

Roger went straight from school in 1959 to play for Rangers and stayed for 10 years, at the same time studying for qualifications to be a PE teacher. After stints at Crystal Palace and Birmingham, he moved into coaching, then managing Motherwell.

Roger says looking back on his life when he visits the hospice has been an unexpected pleasure.

He adds: "They bring speakers in occasionally and there was a young lady who came in one day and asked us to bring something that makes you happy.

"So I had photographs of my grandchildren.

"I found when speaking about them to virtual strangers I was weepy but I'm so proud of them, and I'm proud of my two sons.

"The emotion took me by surprise but I've had a very happy life with my family, the people I have met and the friends I have made and kept."

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