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Josephine's Story...

Make a Will Week - Josephine

More than 30 years ago Josephine began volunteering to make teas for patients on Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit, “I enjoyed every minute,” she explained, “in these early days people would donate pieces of furniture, ornaments, picture frames and artwork so that the place could be furnished and made to look like home.” Ten years later, Josephine describes feeling ‘tremendous relief’ when her sister, Verna, was referred to the hospice, “I knew what a wonderful place it was,” she said, “I knew that Verna would be looked after in the best possible way.”

“Verna died on the Inpatient Unit in the summer of 1997, aged only 61-years-old. I remember it to be a sad time, but the care she received couldn't have been better. The gardens were beautiful and we would often look out to enjoy the views or even go outside to take a breath of fresh air. The views meant so much to Verna, and it was wonderful that our family could visit her at any time. Verna’s husband and two sons shared precious days together, without feeling any of the pressures of time. To think that so many patients and their families can spend such precious time together in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere looked after by caring, dedicated people, with their loved ones close at hand, is such a comfort.”

Because of Josephine’s passion for Rowcroft, and the care and dedication the hospice staff provided her sister, she has decided to leave a gift to Rowcroft in her Will. “I want to ensure more patients are able to receive the wonderful care that Verna did,” she said, “somewhere that feels like home.”

For further questions or information about including a gift in your Will to Rowcroft, please contact our Legacy Officer by emailing or call 01803 217405.

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