The annual Kilpeck Pantomime has always donated money to local good causes since it began in 1996, but this year the cast are looking to raise additional funds for St Michael’s Hospice.
On 27th November this year, the much loved Susan Thompson passed away in St Michael’s Hospice following a long illness. Sue and her husband Richard have been organising (and acting in) the pantomime since the beginning, so as a thank you for the marvellous care she received at the Hospice in the last three weeks of her life, the cast would like to raise £500 for St Michaels throughout the duration of the pantomime run (Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th December).
How are we raising the funds?
Throughout every performance we will be inviting the audience to play the ‘Hidden Treasure’ game by buying one or more squares for £1 each. The winning square will be announced at the end of every show and the winner will receive £10 – the remaining funds will go straight to the Hospice. People will also be able to make donations if they wish.
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Richard & Sue’s story
Many of you will know that my wife Susan lost her fight against cancer two weeks ago, her last three weeks were spent in St Michaels Hospice where she received unrivalled care and attention. Nothing was too much trouble for them and literally within one day of being admitted Sue looked much better, more relaxed and completely pain free. Whilst the G.P’s do their very best and the district nurses work tirelessly to try and maintain ever increasing workloads, they themselves would admit that they cannot possibly give the individual support to every home based patient that they would like, but at St Michaels you get that support.
We knew when Sue was admitted that she probably wouldn’t be coming home and the decision to go was difficult, but please believe me when I say it was the best decision we have ever made, Sue was very poorly, not eating and in some discomfort, I was doing my best as her 24 hour carer but struggling to cope with the clinical demands that were needed and in constant touch with the surgeries, nurses and hospitals to ensure I was doing the right things.
Within 24 hours of being admitted Sue had seen three individual late life cancer Doctors, her medication was altered and drip fed into her arm and changed to suit the needs, she was bathed and hair washed daily, she began to eat small amounts again and took liquids freely, she took advantage of a couple of gentle alternative therapies and was allowed constant visitors at all times, they even encouraged me to bring the family dog to see her.
As time moved on Sue became weaker as the terrible disease spread aggressively, but throughout her stay she was totally pain free as Doctors controlled the drip feed medication on a six hourly basis. She had access to her individual TV and telephone if required and all her meals were cooked on site by a truly wonderful catering team.
It is probably unfair to compare St Michaels with the NHS, but our own experiences leave me in no doubt which organisation gives the best service to the patient, but at the end of the day you have to remember that it is a charity and it is your money that keeps them going. Their new development plans will provide even better accommodation for patients with absolutely magnificent individual bedrooms and en-suite facilities each with their own fully accessible veranda’s overlooking the lovely countryside.
Please support the Pantomimes initiative to try and raise as much money as they can for our local Hospice, I sincerely hope you never need to take advantage of its facilities, but if ever you do need them , you will not regret the decision.