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Arthur’s Care by Pat Goddard



“I can’t find the words to praise Beaumond House enough for the care they provide.”


Arthur had been coming to Beaumond House for about five years. Initially he attended day therapy. During the covid pandemic the care went online but once the doors reopened, Arthur was back. It was an extremely important part of our lives. Not just for Arthur but for me too.


When I dropped off and collected Arthur, I was able to chat to other people in a similar situation. It made both of us realise that we weren’t alone. And Arthur got to know many of the other patients - he made some great friends.


Arthur was a bit of a collector, a bit of a hoarder. I’ve since discovered items in the house that I’m not sure even he knew he had! Sometimes he’d take an unusual thing that he’d found to day care. He’d get staff and patients to guess what it was or what it was used for. He loved it.


Arthur was also an in-patient at Beaumond House – he stayed at the hospice three times. Later on we used the Hospice at Home service and I really can’t fault the care he received. But it wasn’t only his care.


Staff have looked after me and it’s on-going. Even though I knew Arthur was gravely ill, suddenly finding myself alone was a shock. Staff at Beaumond House have been there for me too. If I have any problems, I can talk to someone. And it’s this help that’s made me realise this hospice care is exceptional.


In September, Arthur and I would have been married for 59 years. I marked this incredible milestone with a celebration of his life with family and friends at our local pub. All the money we raised went to Beaumond House.


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