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Enter the St Nicholas Hospice Care New Year Raffle
The Hospice’s New Year Raffle has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has entered. And good luck!
It is only with your ongoing support that we can continue giving the care and support to those in our communities who are dealing with dying, death and grief.
I believe 100 per cent that coming to the Hospice has enabled me to cope alone since Ron died. He made me promise to carry on and live my life and with the Hospice’s help, I am achieving that.
Please take a moment to read Gloria and Ron’s story. A story of how their world changed, almost overnight, resulting in Ron’s death. Gloria says she was only able to move forward in her life without Ron because of the support and care she received from St Nic’s and those around her.
Gloria and Ron
Read their story
Since losing her husband, Ron, in February 2017, Gloria Williams has continued to receive support from St Nicholas Hospice Care twice a month.
Meeting in their teens in London, back in the 1960s, Ron and Gloria wed a few years later in 1972. A characterful ex-barrow-boy, Londoner Ron swept Gloria off her feet with salmon pink gladioli and she was smitten.
They moved up to Suffolk in 1976 where Ron worked as a postman and later a groundsman for the local council, while Gloria got tech-savvy working for a local engineering company on their production line.
Out of the blue, Ron was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the disease having spread to his liver, the couple were told Ron had just five months to live. Following the diagnosis, Gloria broached the subject of hospice care with her husband. Ron wasn’t best pleased. He thought the Hospice was where you came to die, a cold and sad place – but Gloria persuaded him, telling him: “It’s not sad but warm, inviting and full of people who care. You’ll be well looked after there and I promise to bring you home when it’s time, so you can die at home like you want to.”
Ron loved St Nic’s and became well known on the ward as quite the comical character. Both Ron and Gloria were on first name terms with those working on the ward, names Gloria still remembers and recalls today.
Gloria turned to the Hospice for support during the course of Ron’s illness where, as well as providing emotional support, we were able to direct her towards obtaining appropriate legal and practical advice. After Ron died, Gloria became a frequent visitor to the Hospice’s Open House sessions, which she continues to attend.
At first, she attended the sessions weekly, as they gave her the opportunity to chat to others who had been bereaved and garner all types of support, including group therapy and 1:1 counselling to help her when she needed it most.
As time has passed, Gloria has continued to attend Open House sessions twice a month, stating that even if she comes in feeling low and tense, she can leave relaxed and confident by all the support and friendship she has found here. “I believe 100 per cent that coming to the Hospice has enabled me to cope alone since Ron died. He made me promise to carry on and live my life and with the Hospice’s help, I am achieving that.”
In 2019, St Nic’s supported more than 2,450 people across our community, mainly in their own homes, in residential homes, at outreach events, at in-Hospice sessions and also in our Sylvan Ward, wherever they feel most comfortable and safe. We know that demand will exceed our charity’s funding for the coming year unless we can raise more and so this year’s Raffle will go a good way towards meeting that expectation for the year to come.
If you have ever been ill or bereaved, you will know how hard the impact can be, on individuals or families alike.
Join us for our ticketless draw, as we wanted to reduce:
How to play
1. Complete the form below, notifying us of how many chances you’d like to enter – £2 per chance.
2. The closing date for entries is 18 March 2020. The draw date is 20 March 2020.
3rd – 7th £100 each
Terms and conditions
To view the raffle terms and conditions, please click here.