The daughters of a man who was cared for by Prospect Hospice are urging people to support the charity’s Thanks a Million summer raffle. Chris Marlow received care at the hospice in Wroughton and also by its specialist team of nursing staff at his home. Chris died at home, in West Swindon, surrounded by his family on 13 March 2021, aged 63.
Chris helped support Prospect Hospice’s raffle in 2020 by writing a letter to the charity’s supporters and his daughters, Sam and Zoe Marlow, wanted to carry on his legacy by endorsing this year’s summer raffle.
The raffle continues the hospice’s Thanks a Million campaign which aims to raise £1million to cover the funding gap left as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In their letter to the charity’s supporters Sam and Zoe, pictured with Chris and their mother Ann, talk about how the hospice supported them as a family.
“We each deal with situations in life differently and the hospice adapted to both of our needs, rather than offering a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We knew this was how they were working with dad, making sure his care was personalised and tailored to his wants and needs, but we were surprised and reassured when they did the same for the care they gave us as his family.
“Like many people, we were nervous when dad said he was going to the hospice. Before then, we’d always been a little uncertain of the hospice. To us, it was a place of sadness. How wrong could we have been?
“Dad absolutely loved it there. He was very open with us about the care he was receiving and spoke so highly of everyone. He opened our eyes to all the services that were available and taught us so much about hospice care.
“From the first time we met everyone at the hospice, the care was consistent. Right throughout the pandemic, despite everything, dad’s care and support continued and so did ours, they were always there for us.
“The hospice was with dad to the very end and we can’t thank them enough for the support they gave to him, and us, throughout that time. While dad may now be gone and we are learning to live without him, his legacy lives on. We’ve pledged to make dad’s final wish to raise more money a priority for us and we so hope that you can too.”
They add: “Prospect Hospice is an amazing local community charity that has meant so much to our family. By buying some raffle tickets you are helping to support their work, so they can continue to care for all the patients and families like ours that need them so badly when facing such a difficult time.
“The hospice is still working hard on their Thanks a Million campaign which aims to raise enough to cover the £1million funding gap they foresee for 2021 caused as a result of Covid-19. So please help us to make this raffle the biggest ever – our dad would have been so proud.”
Tickets for the raffle cost £1 each and the first prize is £2,000. Other prizes are £500 for second place, £250 for third, plus five prizes of £50. Prizes have been kindly donated by Imagine Cruising, based in Royal Wootton Bassett.
Tickets can be bought online at www.prospect-hospice.net/raffle and entries close on 23 September 2021. They can also be bought in Prospect Hospice’s charity shops.
Photo Caption: – The Marlow family (l-r) Chris, Zoe, Ann and Sam.
About Prospect Hospice
Prospect Hospice is a charity providing end-of-life care to people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It does this through its inpatient unit at the hospice in Wroughton, day therapy and in people’s homes and all of its services are offered free of charge to all those who need it. Our specialist teams provide clinical, emotional and practical support to patients and their families. Prospect Hospice began in 1980 and serves a community of more than 300,000 people in Swindon and north east Wiltshire, including Royal Wootton Bassett, Marlborough and Pewsey, plus Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire. It costs £8million to run our services and around 70% is funded by generous donations by the community.