Kilimanjaro Climb in aid of The Countess of Brecknock Hospice

Melissa's Granny (Pam Gray) was diagnosed with Cancer in 2007. At this time Melissa was travelling in America after working out there for the YMCA that summer, her Granny asked Melissa to carry on her trip and be sure to return with postcards (she was a keen collector) and stories to tell.  

Melissa's Granny was admitted to The Countess of Brecknock Hospice soon after her diagnoses where she recieved great care from all the staff.

Melissa's Granny sadly passed away, on the 18th September 2007 soon after being admitted to The Countess of Brecknock Hospice. Melissa had been unable to visit or speak with her Granny during this time and was given the sad news via telephone.

Melissa's Granny and Grandad (Pam & Jim Gray) both grew up in the Salisbury area and met in Hindon. they were the first couple to be married in Hindon Congregate Chapel in 1944.     In the early 1950's they moved to Andover and set up home, they were married for 63 years! Andover is now the home to their 3 daughters and their 4 children.

The care given to Pam Gray during her time there was of the highest standard and the support the staff gave Melissa's family during this hard time was excellent. The staff were compassionate to all family members and visitors, also helpful and understanding with Melissa's Grandad.

We can only thank the staff for their hard work and kind hearts.

Hopefully this challenge will help to raise much needed funds for the hospice, and go someway to say THANK YOU to the Hospice and it's staff. The funds raised will go someway towards helping to pay for the nursing staff that care for the many patients that are admitted to The Countess of Brecknock Hospice.

 The Countess of Brecknock Hospice was founded with the support of Macmillan Cancer Relief following the successful establishment of two Macmillan nurses, and became an independent charitable trust in April 1998.

Opened in September 1990 by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent, the six-bedded in-patient unit not only provides palliative medicine and terminal care, but many patients are admitted for short term symptom control and then return home to have many months of improved quality of life, possibly before being re-admitted for terminal care.

It is aim of the dedicated multi-disciplinary team to ensure that patients are able to live as full a life as possible within the limitations of their illness. Staff also provide sympathetic support and care to family and friends.

Sadly on 17th June 2009 Melissa's Grandad passed away.

In memory of Pam & Jim Gray - Reunited Again - In Our Thoughts and Hearts Forever

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