There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding hospice care. That’s why we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite quotes which we think truly sum up what hospice care is all about…

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.” – Dame Cicely Saunders

Dame Cicely Saunders was the founder of the modern hospice movement and this quote truly sums up the essence of hospice care. Each person matters for every moment of their life, and hospice care maintains this idea by ensuring each patient lives as well as they can for as long as they can.

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

Our motto at St. Margaret’s is ‘Making Each Day Count’. We aim to ensure that our patients always achieve what they want; from arranging an on-site wedding and a ride on a Harley Davidson, to simply enabling a patient to pet a hedgehog for the first time.

 “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

You’ll always find a warm and sunny smile at St. Margaret’s. Our staff know the challenges those facing a life-limiting have to deal with and are always there to try and brighten their days. Contrary to popular belief, the hospice is not a sad place but a place with a happy atmosphere – it’s about making each day the best it can be for patients and their families, helping them to make the most of their time left, whether this is years, weeks, or their precious last days.

“Hope does not lie in a way out but in a way through.” – Robert Frost

At the hospice we look after those who are facing an incurable illness. We’re not here to cure or prolong life, but to provide comfort, support and pain relief to ensure the best quality of life. We’re here to enable a patient to live as well as possible with the illness.   

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Our care encompasses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients, as well their families and carers. From our catering staff who provide tasty and nutritious food to our complementary therapists who assist with symptom control and relaxation, it is the combination of our care that ensures the general wellbeing of patients and their loved ones.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." – Aesop

This quote is for our supporters; without them, we could not continue to provide our vital care. However you support us, whether it’s attending our events, volunteering your time, or signing up to a regular donation, your support makes such a difference and means that we can continue to be there for thousands of patients and carers across Somerset who do, and will, need our care.

If you can think of any other quotes that sum up St. Margaret’s or the care we provide we’d love for you to share them with us! And, if you’d like to support us (from fun runs to walks, skydives to coffee mornings!) click here to find out how you can get involved.