Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice helped terminally ill man return home

SUPPORT: Pictured is Ashgate Hospicecare patient Terry Wilson and his wife Emma.
SUPPORT: Pictured is Ashgate Hospicecare patient Terry Wilson and his wife Emma.

A brave Ashgate Hospice patient, who has been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, has told how a stay with the charity helped him to return home.

Terry Wilson, 53, from North Wingfield, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in April.

Following numerous admissions to hospital, Terry was put in contact with Ashgate Hospicecare and was introduced to two of their Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialists.

Terry said: “I wanted to stay at home so they came to visit. It wasn’t until I started to get more poorly that I thought maybe it was time to take a different approach and go to Ashgate Hospicecare.

“I felt absolutely awful when I was at home. It was horrendous. My medication wasn’t working the way it should have done.”

Terry was admitted for sickness and medication management.

He added: “I had no quality of life when I was at home but Ashgate have given me a quality of life back. I started eating again, my family visited and we went for a day out at Queen’s Park. I wasn’t eating enough to keep a child alive when I was at home, but it was a pleasure to eat at Ashgate.”

Once Terry’s symptoms were effectively managed, he was discharged from the hospice and returned home after just one week on the Inpatient Unit. He continues to have ongoing support at home.

Terry said: “I wouldn’t hesitate going back to the hospice. I was so poorly before but Ashgate have given me hope again. I’ve just come back from a week’s holiday in Cornwall which never would have been possible if it wasn’t for the hospice. They’re so caring and what they do is so simple but it works. They have the time to care for you. The volunteers can’t do enough for you either and nothing is too much trouble.”

Terry and his wife Emma and their family have been so grateful to Ashgate they have raised £6,000 for the charity.

Terry added: “They’ve turned my life around.”