The daughter of a man who was cared for by Havens Hospices’ community hospice service – Hospice at Home will be taking part in a fundraising walk in his memory next weekend.
On Sunday 10th September Natalie Bennett will be joined by family and friends for the Havens to Havens Walk. They are taking part in the walk to raise funds in memory of Natalie’s father who was cared for by Havens Hospice in his own home. The walk will take them from Little Havens Hospice in Thundersley to Fair Havens Hospice in Westcliff on Sea.
Pat Bennett was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in June 2016; he wanted to spend his last days at home with his family. The Havens’ Hospice at Home service contacted Pat and his family to organise end of life care for him. Pat died a few weeks after Havens began caring for him on 27th July 2016.
Pat’s daughter Natalie worked for a care agency, but was inspired by the care the Hospice at Home staff had given her Dad, she decided to join the Havens team and is now a Community Carer – providing care for other families like hers across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford.
Natalie, 39 from Canvey Island said
“The Hospice at Home team were brilliant especially in my Dad’s final days, they not only made him as comfortable as possible, but also supported and cared for all the family. Seeing the care that my Dad and family received, made me realise that was the difference I wanted to be making in my career and I joined the team in November 2016.
“I absolutely love my job; it is so rewarding to know you’re making a real difference to patients and their families at a time when they really need support and care. The Hospice at Home service gives patients and families the choice of where they receive hospice care and many people want to stay in their own homes with their families at the end of their lives – I feel privileged to be able to help our patients do that.”
After Dad died we raised £1800 through funeral donations for the hospice so that they could continue to help care for other families. I’ve never done the Havens to Havens Walk, but I’m really looking forward to doing it with friends and family. It certainly won’t be the last event I take part in as the charity is incredibly close to my heart and it’s my way of giving back to the charity that helped by ‘Making every day count’ for all of us.”
If you would like to join us for the walk, all the registration details can be found here