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Pamper day in memory of patient

pamper day

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 makeover.

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.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital