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Local Woman Urges People To Play The Summer Raffle To Fund Specialist Palliative Care
Kayleigh and her mum enjoying ice creams
She lost her mum to stomach cancer just two years ago.

Now, local woman Kayleigh Elvin, is encouraging as many people as possible to enter Your Charity Lottery Summer Raffle in an attempt to raise funds for the hospice which she believes made a huge difference to her family.

Dove House Hospice is dedicated to providing specialist support to people aged 18 or over with a life-limiting illness and those who care for them. These services include practical, emotional, social and spiritual care, placing the emphasis on a patient’s individual needs. Kayleigh believes their intervention gave her family the chance to ‘just be themselves’ when it was most important. She said:

“My mum was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer in October 2015 and had to be hospitalised. She stayed in a tiny room on her own, with no TV. I was terrified she’d die alone with no one to talk to. I couldn’t visit her as often as I wished, as my sons were only little and the hospital was not a place for them.

Luckily, she moved to Dove House Hospice in August 2016. It felt like home and we could visit her anytime. We spent a lot of time in the beautiful gardens. The best thing was that my young sons could spend time with their nana. They meant the world to her and those memories are so precious.”

The hospice currently receives one of the lowest amounts of Government funding in the country and therefore relies heavily on public support to continue to help local people and their families living with life-limiting illnesses. Now, with the annual Summer Raffle launched, there’s an opportunity to raise ‘vitally needed’ funds.

Kayleigh continues:

“Mum died peacefully at Dove House Hospice in August 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. I could not put a price on the three weeks we had together there. The care she received was unbelievable. They took the worst time of our lives and added some happiness to it again. I will never be able to thank Dove House enough and want to give others the opportunity I had, to be a daughter, and spend time with their loved ones.

I wish I could say thank you to each person who supports the hospice for giving me and my family such wonderful memories to cherish. All the one pounds really add up and make a big difference to people’s lives.”

Your Charity Lottery Manager, Laura Sadler, said:

“It’s so kind of Kayleigh to speak up in this way. It’s thanks to people like her - and the many supporters of our raffles - that Dove House Hospice can continue to provide such fantastic care. It’s comforting for all of us to know that hospices such as this exist, and that, should they or their loved ones require specialist end of life care, there’s somewhere close by.”

Tickets for the Summer Raffle cost just £1, and prizes include £3,000 cash or a summer holiday to the same value, £250 in cash and £25 bundles of £22. All proceeds go directly back to patient care at Dove House Hospice.

Anyone wanting to buy tickets to the Summer Raffle can visit: yourcharitylottery.org.uk/summer-raffle-2018.

Local Woman Urges People To Play The Summer Raffle To Fund Specialist Palliative Care, 4th June 2018, 12:15 PM