When Ann first came to her local Sue Ryder hospice, she really didn’t want to be there.

But as soon as she arrived, she knew it was the right place for her to be. She had her own room, which meant she had privacy and dignity, and the nurses decorated it with pictures and arranged her personal belongings just how she liked them.

Ann’s family spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve with her at the hospice.

It was to be their last - but they agreed it was one of the best they had ever had.

Their mum looked beautiful: her hair was done and she was wearing a new nightie. One of the nurses on the night shift even made brightly coloured bunting for Ann saying ‘Merry Christmas’ and hung it over her bed.


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