Around two years ago, Cath Hine’s Dad began to feel ill. Sadly, they soon discovered that he had secondary brain tumours and primary cancer in the lung. Within weeks he had become very poorly and, after a difficult time, they made the decision to move her Dad in to St. Margaret’s Yeovil Hospice.

Cath said “I don’t think any of us knew what to expect, we really didn't. But as soon as we got to the hospice the staff came out to meet us and it was as if we just had a weight lifted from us.

“Not only did they take over from us – not in an imposing way, but in a very calm way – but we felt as though we could breathe a sigh of relief; we knew that people were in charge now who knew much better than we did and had much better medical knowledge.

"Funnily enough, I can’t picture any of the staff but that shows just how unobtrusive they were."

Cath was at home when she received a call from her brother, telling her to come in to the hospice as her Dad was deteriorating.

Cath said “The nurses kept coming to see if we were okay, and to speak to us about what was happening with Dad. We felt that all the staff were there for us, as well as Dad. They knew what Dad needed but they also knew what we needed as well."

Cath’s Dad sadly passed away the next morning.

"After Dad passed, our outstanding memory of that time was that we were able to sit in the garden and just have a really calm and lovely ending. It was such a lovely place to be at such an awful time.”

Since her Dad passed away, Cath has run the Colour Run twice and took part in our 2016 Bubble Rush. She said “I know that the hospice doesn’t get much funding so I really like to do my bit, but I know it can only ever be a tiny bit of what they did for us.”

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