Every day, we strive to bring comfort and support to patients and their loved ones. Our nurses, doctors, volunteers and many more pull together to make specialist hospice care a reality within our local community. People are the core of Katharine House, and here are just a few of their stories.


Illustration of a smiling lady sitting on a bench next to her little dog.

After being diagnosed with an incurable condition in 2017, Alison was lost and confused – until she discovered our hospice.

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Mel Mahon

Two sons and their parents smile stood next to a dinosaur statue

Mel, 39, shares how we’re helping her cope with incurable cancer and how her sons are fundraising for our charity.

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Barbara Wardle

Woman and man sat smiling next to each other

Barbara was supported at home before staying at our in-patient unit and shares her experience.

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Christmas at the hospice

Marie laughs with her young grandchildren on her bed in the hospice.

Angela shares what it was like for her mum, Marie, and family to spend Christmas at the hospice.

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Amy Hollinshead

Amy Hollinshead singing

Ryan tells story of his sister, Amy, who he lost when she was just 38. And how over £25,000 was raised in Amy’s memory.

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Patrick Harvey

Pat Harvey

Pat’s son, Matt, tells of his Dad’s comfort thanks to hospice care and of family efforts fundraise in his memory.

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Dr Bernadette Sharp

Dr Bernadette Sharp and her sons, Tim and Dan, smiling at the camera on a sunny day.

Tim tells the story of his mother’s care journey and of the support received by their family.

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Ivan Bradbury

Why retired woodwork teacher, Ivan, is carving wooden hearts for our patients and families.

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Julie & Martin

Photo of Martin Rickerby holding Julie, and they are both smiling at the camera.

Julie reflects on 24 glorious years of marriage to Martin, and their final year together at home, creating memories.

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Jane's Parents

Jane Litchfield pictured next to her father; both are smiling at the camera.

Jane’s father struggled to care for his wife throughout nights. Then everything changed with some at home support.

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Sue Humpage, Health Care Assistant, standing next to the Katharine House Hospice logo.

Sue is part of a team that delivers care in patient’s homes. She provides end-of-life care through the night.

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Alison Buckley, a patient of Katharine House Hospice, talking to camera.

Alison Buckley tells ITN News what Katharine House Hospice means to her and the importance of supporting your local hospice.

Watch Alison’s interview


Holly and her father wearing Christmas party hats and smiling.

Holly shares the experience of her family and her father, who stayed with us at our in-patient unit.

Read Holly’s story