Nigel's story

Nigel's story

21 May 2021

Patient & Carer Stories

Nigel enjoyed an emotional last reunion with his daughter after staff at the Hospice helped organise for her to fly over from the USA.

Nigel was diagnosed with cancer in December last year. One of his last wishes was to see his only daughter Sophie, who lives in California.

Nigel was referred to the Hospice after his diagnosis and was cared for by our Occupational Health and Nursing teams who gave advice and support on helping him manage his condition.

He also received support from our Social Work team who gave advice on benefits that Nigel could claim to help make his home life easier and maintain his independence.

But the team also helped him realise his dream of seeing his daughter for the last time. The team worked with Nigel's medical practice to put together the paperwork to allow Sophie to make an emergency visit. Benefits accessed for Nigel by the Social Work team helped fund the trip.

Earlier this month Sophie flew to the UK to spend a precious three days with her much loved dad.


"I last saw Sophie two years ago and following my diagnosis, I didn't think I'd get to see her again," said Nigel. "But the Hospice pulled out all the stops to help get all the paperwork in place for an emergency visit."

Sophie had to quarantine on her arrival for seven days before seeing her dad.

"It was wonderful to sit there with her and chat and reminisce. We got the old photos out and chatted about the past. I got to say what I wanted to say. It was very emotional to see her knowing it would be the last time I did."

"The Hospice has been there for me all the way through. From organising equipment I need at home to helping me apply for benefits to supporting me with my medication to helping facilitate Sophie's visit, they have been truly amazing. They have pulled out all the stops for me and I couldn't have asked for more."

Hospice social worker Jeanette said: "As a team we worked together to look at ways of how we could support all Nigel's needs. To see him able to reunite with his daughter was something really special."

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