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Memory tree at St Wilfrid's Hospice

PUBLISHED: 14:47 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 08 November 2017

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St Wilfrid’s Hospice supported Julie Crush and her husband, Mike, when he was an inpatient at the hospice last year.

The couple have two adult children and lived together in Heathfield. Julie says: “Agreeing to go into the hospice was one of the last decisions Mike made and one of the best ones, too; the whole family’s experience of the hospice was truly enriching. It made me realise I hadn’t been coping at home and at the hospice, instead of his carer, I could be Mike’s wife again.

“Unfortunately, he lasted only a few more days and on his last night, we knew he was deteriorating so the children and I decided to stay. We set up camp in the family lounge and had pizza to eat. An elderly gentleman – a patient – joined us in his wheelchair as he didn’t want to eat alone – he was such a character and mentioned his interest in planes. Mike was a great fan, too, and his nephew had recently given him a book on the Battle of Britain, so I popped to Mike’s room to get it for our new friend.

“When I heard about the new Memory Tree at the hospice, I was delighted to donate to have a gold leaf on it dedicated to Mike. I often visit the hospice café and see it there, it’s a wonderful tribute to my husband.”

If you would like to find out more about the Memory Tree, which can be used to dedicate a leaf to anyone, just visit bit.ly/2toDGpF or call 01323 434200.

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