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Respite for Wallace White at Saint Francis Hospice

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Wallace White was 73 years old when he was diagnosed with heart failure. Shortly after having a pacemaker fitted, he had a torrid night’s sleep. ‘I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I was drowning,’ he recalled. ‘I went into sheer panic.’

Tests at Queen’s Hospital in Romford revealed that Wallace had a build-up of fluid in his lungs, stomach and legs. The nurses at Queen’s knew he wasn’t too keen on hospitals. As Wallace became bloated and his legs so swollen that he couldn’t lift them, they suggested Saint Francis Hospice manage his discomfort instead. The prospect of Wallace going to the Hospice scared his family and friends. 

‘They thought I must only have days to live,’ he remembered. ‘I was at the Hospice for 17 wonderful days. The medication the nurses gave me did the trick, and they cared for me so well.’

Wallace lost a stone caused by water retention and became much more nimble. Now 80, Wallace is a regular at Saint Francis Hospice. These days, it’s to socialise at Pemberton Place. It’s the Hospice’s day unit for people who all have at least one thing in common: a life-limiting illness. 

Wallace is one of the many people who have stayed on the ward at Saint Francis Hospice and returned home again. The Hospice discharges 33.5% of patients once their pain and discomfort are under control. Wallace is also among the 33.7% of the Hospice’s patients whose conditions are non-cancerous.

You can help us care for people just like Wallace by playing the Saint Francis Hospice’s weekly Lottery all while being in with the chance of winning anything up to £25,000. Every week, someone will win at least £1,000. Twenty-five lottery tickets pay for an hour of care on the ward.

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning the jackpot, please email lottery@sfh.org.uk, call 01708 050 2177, or you can sign up here.

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