Alison Buckley has been visiting Katharine House Hospice for several years for wellbeing, therapies and in-patient care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alison spoke to ITV news about what Katharine House Hospice means to her and the importance of understanding how reliant hospices are on support from their communities.
Thanks to ITV News for permission to use their video.
“They don’t just offer their services for me, the offered it to my whole family and friends. I honestly don’t know where I would be without this place and the thought of it scares me if it closed.
“I don’t think that people realise, either, that hospices are nearly all self-funded, and without donations, volunteers and fundraising they’ll close. It’s a sad matter of fact that people don’t realise that, and unfortunately it’s not on the radar for people who are well because they don’t want to think about not being well. But your life can change in a day, and to not have places like this, this wonderful place where we’re getting cared for, I think sometimes they need to take stock and realise.
“Yeah, it means to world to me.”