Hospice therapy is helping our whole family, says Lee-Anne

August 04 2014

A HORFIELD woman, whose husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, took part in a midnight walk raising almost £650 for St Peter's Hospice - the charity providing support to her family.

A HORFIELD woman, whose husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, took part in a midnight walk raising almost £650 for St Peter's Hospice - the charity providing support to her family.
Richard Masters, 35, suffers from a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer which develops in the vessels and glands.
He has been given just weeks to live on two occasions.
Lee-Anne, 33, completed the five-mile challenge on July 12 along with friends and family.
The Masters visits the hospice once a week where Richard receives spiritual therapy and Lee-Anne benefits from music therapy.
Lee-Anne, who is a full-time carer for Richard, said: “The hospice has done so much for both myself and Rich and our six-year-old son Soul - I just can’t thank them enough. We are experiencing first-hand how amazing they are so we really wanted to do something to give back.
“As Christians it has been so important for us to talk to someone about the faith we have beyond medical diagnoses and Dave, the spiritual care co-ordinator, has been so understanding.
She added: “Before having music therapy I wasn’t able to talk about anything, especially not the idea that Rich might actually die. I wasn’t properly acknowledging what was going on and couldn’t even think about or verbalise how I was feeling.
“Since seeing Jane Lings I have come so far and I’ve even written a song about Rich. I honestly don’t know where I would be today without her help, it has been truly amazing.
"The hospice has given us something you can’t get at hospital, which is wonderful."
Lee-Anne took part in the hospice's midnight walk alongside mum Maxine, auntie Alison and friends Kerry, Alison and Becky.
She was also joined by a group of ladies from the Ebenezer Church in Filton Avenue.
Lee-Anne hoped to raise £250, but smashed her target by raising almost an extra £400.
She added: “I want to support the hospice as much as I can so I’m also planning to arrange a gig soon with all ticket sales going to the hospice.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s cares for more than 2,489 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day.

The Masters family