James’ Story

 

At the heart of what we do at The Myton Hospices is helping people to make memories and spend quality time with their loved ones. This means celebrations, cake and the occasional tipple are encouraged!

 

And we always try to go the extra mile and do something special for patients.

 

Very quickly after arriving at Coventry Myton Hospice, James McHugh had built up a rapport with staff, when his 30th birthday was approaching and his family decided to hold a surprise party for him, they were more than happy to accommodate the celebrations and help keep them a secret!

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James was being cared for on the Inpatient Unit at Myton in the run up to his birthday and to make sure he could celebrate, staff arranged for his friends and family to use the Day Unit for his party which they decorated with balloons, and a spread of party food was laid out for the occasion.

 

Staff Nurse at Coventry Myton Inpatient Unit, Sue Medlock, became close to James during his time as a patient, not least because of their shared love for Coventry City Football Club!

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Sue said:

We’re used to helping people celebrate birthdays but especially when it’s someone so young you really want to make sure you can help them and their loved ones have the most special day “James’ room was filled with cards and balloons, and it was so nice to be able to help him celebrate his 30th birthday at the hospice. I even managed to get a football signed by Coventry City players as a present for him! Everyone loved looking after James and cared for him so deeply – he and his family were just so lovely.

James’ family said:

The photographs which were taken spoke volumes; it was a wonderful occasion full of love and happiness. We would like to thank everybody at Myton for the love and care both he and the family received during his stay.

James stayed at Myton for a total of 11 weeks...

and was moved to Richmond Bede village where he spent a further 8 weeks before he died on 27th July. Several Myton staff attended his funeral to pay their respects.

Together we can help more people like James and his family make precious memories, now and in the future.

Could you help support The Myton Hospices to ensure we can continue to deliver our care free of charge?

We are a charity and every year we need to raise £7.8 million of the £10.5 million we need to support the people of Coventry and Warwickshire.

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£25

is the daily upkeep cost of our relatives accommodation

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£50

could fund two hours of specialist nursing care

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£80

could fund a child to attend five bereavement counselling sessions

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£106

covers the cost of one Myton at Home visit

Your donation is the daily upkeep cost of our relatives accommodation

Your donation could fund two hours of specialist nursing care

Your donation could fund a child to attend five bereavement counselling sessions

Your donation covers the cost of one Myton at Home visit

Every donation helps us to provide quality end of life care



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