Kayleigh’s story - what your support means

Kayleigh Elvin lost her mum to stomach cancer two years ago. Now she is hoping to encourage as many people as possible to support the Summer Raffle to raise funds for the hospice which she believes made a huge difference to her family.

She says: “mum was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in October 2015, she was only 49. She had to be hospitalised and stayed in a tiny room, on her own with no TV. I was terrified she would die alone with no one to talk to. I couldn’t visit her as often as I wished as my sons were only little and the hospital was not a place for them. Luckily she moved to the hospice in August 2016. It felt like home and we could visit her anytime. We spent a lot of time in the beautiful gardens. The best thing was that my young sons could spend time with their Nana. They meant the world to her and those memories are so precious.

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She loved being at Dove House. She was a real chatterbox and there was always someone with her. It was a huge weight off my mind knowing she was safe and happy. She joined in the activities in Day Therapy and made me a memory box and a mosaic heart which I will always treasure. The staff were amazing and couldn’t do enough for her. Because of the chemotherapy and her end of life treatment, she couldn’t eat or drink and her mouth was very dry so they had a freezer full of ice lollies she could choose from. She ate so many she chose to make a contribution herself to reflect this.

I could not put a price on the three weeks we had together there. The care she received was unbelievable. They took the worst time of our lives and added some happiness to it again. I will never be able to thank Dove House enough and want to give others the opportunity I had, to be a daughter, and spend time with their loved ones.”

The hospice currently receives one of the lowest amounts of Government funding in the country and therefore relies heavily on public support to continue to help local people and their families living with life-limiting illnesses. It is hoped the Your Charity Lottery Summer Raffle will raise over an additional £20,000 for the hospice. Tickets for the Summer Raffle cost just £1, and prizes include £3,000 cash or a summer holiday to the same value, £250 in cash and 25 bundles of £22. All proceeds go directly back to patient care at Dove House Hospice.

If you would like to support people in your local community like Kayleigh and her family you can buy tickets to the Summer Raffle by clicking here.