‘Hos­pice home­care gave amaz­ing care to my dad’

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - San­dra Doyle

ON April 7 I will take part in the Hope and Dream 10 and I look for­ward to stand­ing on the prom in En­nis­cor­thy with the thou­sands of other par­tic­i­pants wait­ing for the race to start.

I have taken part in all the Hope and Dream races and I have thor­oughly en­joyed each one. There is al­ways a great at­mos­phere on the prom on the morn­ing of the race. Of course, there is a more se­ri­ous side to the Hope and Dream 10. This year the money raised from spon­sor­ship will go to the Hope Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre in En­nis­cor­thy and to Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care. My dad, Noel Matthews, was one of the peo­ple who set up the Hope Cen­tre fol­low­ing his own can­cer di­ag­no­sis. It gives me a great sense of pride to take part in this ex­cel­lent fundraiser know­ing that the money raised will al­low the won­der­ful Hope Cen­tre to con­tinue to op­er­ate. The ser­vices pro­vided by the Hope Cen­tre are in­valu­able to the peo­ple who use them.

In the months be­fore my dad passed away, Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care pro­vided the most amaz­ing care and re­as­sur­ance for my dad and my fam­ily. We all had many con­cerns and ques­tions about what was

hap­pen­ing. The staff of Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care were amaz­ing. They guided us with kind­ness and sen­si­tiv­ity through what was a heart-break­ing and chal­leng­ing time.

They light­ened the load for us and for this we will be for­ever grate­ful. The ser­vice pro­vided by Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care is in­valu­able and I am de­lighted that money raised through Hope and Dream 10 will al­low the home­care team to con­tinue to help pa­tients and their fam­i­lies into the fu­ture.

To any­one who is think­ing about reg­is­ter­ing for Hope and Dream 10, I would say go for it. It is such an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

There is no pres­sure to fin­ish it in a par­tic­u­lar time and it can be a great op­por­tu­nity to meet up with friends and fam­ily and go for a lovely walk/run. You will also be help­ing to keep two cru­cial ser­vices run­ning for the peo­ple of County Wex­ford. I wish ev­ery­one who takes part and those who are or­gan­is­ing the event, the very best of luck. See you all on April 7 at 10.15 a.m. on the prom in En­nis­cor­thy.

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