We are over the moon that Coventry Myton Hospice featured on BBC One programme Morning Live today after presenter Rav Wilding and a team of producers visited the hospice to talk to our patients, families and volunteers about the Hospice Biography service; Stories for Life.
For a number of years we have been offering patients the opportunity to record their life story for their loved ones to listen to when they are no longer here.
Myton volunteer Tania West has been recording with patients and when the BBC heard about the service they wanted to come and find out more.
Rav who lost his Dad during the Covid-19 pandemic was extremely moved by what he heard and said he wished he had some recordings of his Dad. He urged people to record messages with their loved ones before it’s too late.
Emma Poole, aged 42, was interviewed by Rav for the TV programme. Emma has a terminal cancer diagnosis and is an inpatient at Coventry Myton Hospice.
Emma has recorded messages with Tania for her four children aged 6 to 22 years to listen to when she has died. Emma said:
I will miss milestones like weddings and proms and I want my children to be able to listen to messages from me on those occasions.
Tania has also recorded with Bill Kerrigan, aged 84, another inpatient at Coventry Myton Hospice. Bill and his granddaughter Jess spoke to Rav and appeared on the show. Jess has already listened to her grandads recording and told Rav how emotional it made her hearing his stories.
Our CEO Ruth Freeman said:
We are delighted to have had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the wonderful work that we do at Myton and to help raise awareness of hospices in general. We are incredibly grateful to Rav and the team at the BBC, and most importantly to Emma, Bill, Jess and Tania for sharing their stories.
The Morning Live programme aired on BBC One on Tuesday 14th June at 9.15am and can be watched on iPlayer or via the video at the start of the page.
You can find out more about the services we provide for people living with terminal illnesses and their families by clicking here and how you can support us to raise the £9.1 million needed to keep our services free of charge to our patients and their families here.