Page 2 - September 2015 newsletter
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The  rst patient to be admitted was Phil Maton, a 44-year-old husband and father from Hemel Hempstead with terminal lung cancer.
Phil’s widow, Penny, then 36, recalls how Phil had been in and out of the old Hospice three times since July 2006 for pain management and symptom control. “The care was amazing,” she says, “even down
to Chris, the Hospice chef, preparing Phil’s favourite meal so we could celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary with our
best friends.
“But the  ve days he spent in the new Hospice were incredible. He had his own private room, it was bright, airy and spotless, so much more spacious and all the specialist equipment to wash him and move him was available at the touch of a button.
“He felt privileged to be here. I’ll never forget his face when it started snowing two days after he was admitted – just being able to watch it fall in the garden looking out from his bed meant so much to him - as did the fact that his mum, dad, brother and six children between us could visit and spend his last nights with him.”
After Phil passed away peacefully on Friday 26 January, his family and friends clubbed together to plant a tree in the new Hospice garden, dedicating a conifer beside our Healing Garden in Phil’s name.
Inspired by the care he received, two years after his death, Penny decided to move her career in care into the palliative sector, joining our Inpatient Unit nursing team
in March 2009 and in 2014, joining our Community Nurse Specialist team.
“I’m so proud to be part of the Hospice,” she says. “I love my job and the best part is being able to give people the same love and support that we as a family received 10 years ago.”
In a decade we have:
• Strengthened our community
and Inpatient Unit clinical teams, enabling us to provide care and support when it matters most to over 2,000 people a year a ected by a life-limiting illness.
• Opened our outpatient Spring Centre, enabling us to reach more people from diagnosis.
• Implemented a fundraising programme to sustain our enhanced range of services, including creating new and innovative events to involve our community, such as our Garden Party and the Bubble Rush.
• Transformed our seven-acre gardens from a brown  eld site into a tranquil, therapeutic environment for Hospice patients, their families, friends and visitors.
• Increased the number of di erent volunteer roles we have from 22 to over 50.
Steve Jamieson, Hospice CEO, comments,
“It’s wonderful to be celebrating our tenth anniversary at Spring Garden Lane and to have grown and developed so much as an organisation.
“We’ve achieved a lot in 10 years across all our services, all with the help of our dedicated sta , volunteers and supporters, without whom we simply wouldn’t exist.
“We’ll be marking our milestone by planting ten commemorative lilac trees in the gardens and celebrating with lots of tea and cake.
“Our future depends on innovation, collaboration and the continuing support of our community, but for now we’d like to re ect on, acknowledge and celebrate the bold vision which made our new building a reality.”
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First patient, Phil Maton, with his wife Penny
Phil’s widow Penny Maton-Clement (centre) with her Community Nurse Specialist team colleagues
The beautiful new gardens used for events, pony days and patient therapy

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