In January this year a young breast cancer patient, Jill Reed
sadly passed away. To thank the team who cared for her a pamper day
was organised by Louise Harland (Macmillan Information Centre
Manager) and Thelma Rosenvinge (Acute Oncology Nurse) in
collaboration with the patient's family and Julie Wells, (Family
Support Team Manager) at St Cuthbert's Hospice.
The 26th April saw over 70 people attending the hospice, for a
day of pampering and afternoon tea.
Staff from the Chemotherapy day unit at Univeristy Hospitalof North
Durham along with other breast cancer and hospice patients were
treated to their hair being styled, nails being polished and a
The day was made possible by donations made by friends and
family at Jill's funeral and local businesses who were approached
about the day.
Feedback from the day was very positive, and one patient who
attended the day stated although she had never met Jill it was a
wonderful way to remember her and to celebrate life.
Jill's husband was touched by how many people attended and to
know how many people cared about his wife. He felt it was a
positive experience for his children who could talk about their
mother in a positive way.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community