Dozens of High Peak residents have given more than £5,400 to a hospice appeal to help ensure local patients at the end of their lives can stay in the comfort of their own home.

Blythe House Hospicecare’s Christmas appeal is supporting the hospice’s hugely successful Hospice at Home service. Since it began in 2016, the service has provided over 39,000 of care to local patients who wish to die at home, instead of being admitted to a hospice in-patient unit or hospital.

The service received its 500th referral last month and has supported patients and their families across the local community including in Alstonfield, Buxton, Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Disley, Earl Sterndale, Furness Vale, Glossop, Hayfield, Longnor, New Mills, Peak Dale, Taxal, Tideswell, Whaley Bridge and Wormhill.

Mark and Rebecca Tollerton from Dove Holes accessed the 24/7 service after they found out that the cancer in Mark’s lungs had sadly spread to his brain. Hospice at Home provided day and night-time ‘sits’ to fit around life with young children, Amelia and George.

Rebecca explained: ‘Blythe House gave us one last Christmas at home, as a family of four. Thanks to the care and support they provided, Mark was able to stay at home with us and that meant we could spend a very special Christmas together, creating important memories. That is something that my children will never forget – and I know it meant the absolute world to Mark too.

‘Mark died on 30th June this year and the loss we feel is immeasurable. But I am comforted to know that Mark received the best care, and his last Christmas was in his own home, surrounded by the people he adored.’

Janet Dunphy, CEO of Blythe House Hospicecare, said: ‘We are overwhelmed by the support from our local community and I want to say a sincere thanks to everyone who has found it in their hearts to donate to such a worthy cause this festive season. A donation of any amount will make a lasting difference to local families like the Tollerton’s, who wish to spend quality time together at home in the final weeks of their loved ones life.’

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