Celebrating a life on film

Categories: Care and People & Places.
Carole Pidduck and her husband Andrew pictured on a cruise of the Danube

St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston, Cumbria, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Here Marketing Content Creator Stevie Footman talks about their new video series to commemorate this milestone.

Your legacy is so much more than the home you own, your valuables and physical assets. Your legacy can be a way of reflecting on life and sharing unique experiences, observations and beliefs and feelings.

Every person who uses St Mary’s Hospice services is different and we believe in caring for the individual. We aim for this series to showcase the faces and stories of the local people who we have had the privilege of meeting since opening our doors in 1989.

As a collaboration between the St Mary’s hospice bereavement team, their marketing team and Andrew, a gentleman who has received support from the bereavement team following the death of his partner Carole last year, we have released the first episode of a new video series to mark the 30th anniversary of the hospice.

Whilst using our services Andrew expressed a deep worry that ‘people would forget’ Carole’s story and was keen to create a lasting legacy which reflected Carole’s spirituality and zest for life. Through bereavement support and listening sessions Andrew shared his partner Carole’s love for storytelling and poetry, capturing memories through photography and also writing and recording audio diaries. This was something that she started in her late teens and it was during one of her first audio diaries that she spoke about her hopes of becoming an air hostess. She had a passion for travel and aimed to ‘see the world’.

The St Mary’s Family and Bereavement Support Team were given a copy of one of Carole’s audio diaries and this can be heard in the film. She had always wanted to publish her stories, and the film will be a way of honouring this.

After working on the project we found the people involved had found it an enjoyable experience, and some described it as a way for them to relive their memories. We will be continuing the series with a second episode in June that will follow the journey of Helen who came to the hospice with her husband Patrick, and now following his death helps others by volunteering.

Episode 1 is titled ‘Tales from my holidays by Carole Pidduck’ and is available to watch on our YouTube channel