“YOU MADE MY WIFE’S WISH COME TRUE’ – MOTHER MAKES SPECIAL TRIP TO WATCH HER SON RACE
The husband of Sue Jones has thanked hospice staff for making his wife’s wish come true.
Sue Jones was an end of life patient at Wye Valley NHS Trust, Herefordshire and she had been eager to see her son Luke race one last time. Luke, a British Grand Prix motorcycle racer has been racing for the last 22 years; his family has followed his career and until recently, watched him race all over the country. Sue’s wish was that she could watch him compete in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship on Saturday 21 July at Brands Hatch.
Sue 51 years old, had been diagnosed with metastic breast cancer four years ago and had been on a syringe driver – a battery pumped device which administers a continuous infusion of drugs for 24 hours – providing optimal pain management.
Anna Austin, Sue’s Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialist from Wye Valley NHS was determined to make Sue’s last wish come true. She contacted Brands Hatch and ellenor to see if we could assist them and provide support for Sue on the day. At very short notice, we were more than happy to help and to Sue’s delight, they were able to take her to Brands Hatch.
“We were absolutely amazed and touched by the support of Wye Valley, Brands Hatch and ellenor. They went the extra mile. We never asked, never expected that this would be possible” – husband, Dave Jones
ellenor hospice in Gravesend was able to come to their assistance and send Staff Nurse Samantha Court, to Brands Hatch to ensure that Sue was comfortable, pain free and the syringe driver was working appropriately. They also put a bed on hold at the hospice in Gravesend in case Sue was taken poorly and needed to be admitted.
Vikki Harding, ellenor Director of Care says: “Hospices play a critical role in supporting a positive end of life experience for patients and their families. Collaboration is vital and we were delighted to work with Wye Valley to ensure that Sue and her family had the best experience possible and lasting memories. Also, we would like to give special thanks to the Medical team at Brands Hatch who provided valuable assistance and made everything run so smoothly on the day”.
Sue and Dave renewed their wedding vows on 11 August after Brands Hatch. Sue died on 18 August – thank you to Dave and Luke for allowing us to share their story.