Coming to the Day Hospice made a big difference to Hilary.

She lived in the same house in Thamesmead for 42 years and, for the last three years of her life, ill health meant she was barely able to leave the house. It was difficult for Hilary to get down the stairs so she had to rely on family and friends coming to visit. She felt lonely and isolated because she spent so much time on her own.

Getting a stairlift fitted made a big difference because Hilary was able to get downstairs to meet Mel, the Hospice driver’s escort, get into a wheelchair, then meet Pete the driver and get into the minibus to come to the Day Hospice.

Thursday was Hilary’s day at the Day Hospice and she really looked forward to it.

Hilary wasn’t sure what it would be like when she first came along but she was glad she did!

She said: ‘I’ve met so many people and everyone’s friendly. We talk, have a laugh. It’s made a hell of difference to my life.’

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