Shirley Dunlop I knew Strathcarron Hospice existed due to hearing other people’s stories and in 2017 as a family we were now going to experience and have our own stories about Strathcarron Hospice. My mums cancer struck again early in 2017, she endured radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, to which we got to the point, that quality of life was so much more important. Mum was admitted into Strathcarron on 4th August 2017, where Alder1 was to become her new residence. Her care from the volunteers who came in for a wee chat while pouring tea, other patients who kept mum informed regarding all the activities which are available, the nurses who kept mums pain in check, the auxiliary's who kept mum clean and tidy, and the kitchen staff who made sure mum had plenty of ice cream, nothing was a chore or too much effort. On the 21st October 2017, unknown to us this was to be mums last day, mum was so looking forward to seeing her great niece, mum wanted to go to the toy room, but she was too poorly, a compromise was met and mum was taken to the conservatory where she could interact with Harriet, mum passed away in the early hours of 22 October 2017. I will be forever in Strathcarrons debt for giving this opportunity to mum and for making her last day so memorable for me!!

Shirley Dunlop