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Hospice makes it possible for patient to attend granddaughter’s wedding

24 October 2017

Saint Francis Hospice in Essex made it possible for 89-year-old Joyce Turner to attend her grand-daughter’s wedding despite her limiting condition.

Joyce was admitted to the Inpatient Unit at the hospice after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was so unwell her family did not think she would be able to make the wedding initially.

Joyce’s health began to improve thanks to the specialist care she received from the doctors and nurses, and when the hospice staff discovered she wished to attend the event they helped to make it happen. The day before the wedding staff arranged for her to have a Jacuzzi bath and one of the nurses did her hair. On the morning of the event, they did her make-up and helped her dress in an outfit her family had brought in.

Ward Sister Margaret Power said:

“Everyone knew how much it meant to her and the doctors and staff were involved in making it the best it could be for her. On the day we all made a big fuss of her and by the time she left, she looked absolutely amazing. She was so happy as she went off in the cab, she looked like royalty as she waved to everyone.”

Joyce’s daughter Sue Learmouth said granddaughter Alex originally planned to tie the knot in Majorca, but decided to get married in The Lion Inn in Chelmsford because she wanted her grandmother to be there.

Sue said:

“When mum arrived at the hospice she was so poorly we did not think she would make the wedding.  We are overwhelmed by what all the staff have done for her.”

“We cannot believe they found the time to do what they did -  they put themselves out no end. Alex was over the moon when her nan turned up and it really made her day.”

For more information visit Saint Francis Hospice

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