Lesley Wrigley has been fighting cancer for 30 years. Here, in her own words, she explains the positive effect Sue Ryder has had on her life.
I have been fighting against cancer since I was 27 years old. Now I don’t want to do any more treatments; I just want to keep my pain under control and enjoy life.
I take each day as it comes and I do whatever I can. I am not ready to die yet. I feel blessed there is a place like Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, where I can have my own room and I am free to move about.
There is everything you need; they think about everything – all the little details. There is always water on your bedside table and if you need extra blankets you only have to ask.
"Respect and professionalism"
Manorlands get to know you as a person. On my first day, staff asked me how I wanted to be addressed. If I don’t like anything on the menu, I know I can ask them to prepare whatever I like.
They know I like crispy cakes and sometimes I find them in my room even if I haven’t said anything! I love it.
I have been blown away by the respect and professionalism shown by everyone working at the hospice, from the clinical staff through to the catering and housekeeping teams.
"The hospice is a place of life"
Here, they gave me my life back – and to my ex-husband Steve as well, as he knows they look after me well here.
When I came in, I was in so much pain. Sue Ryder gave me the strength to move forward. I don’t want to go back to hospital; they don’t have the time or resources to really look after you. The hospice is a place of life. And when I go home, one of the community nurses from Manorlands Hospice comes to see me regularly.
I know I am in good hands. I thank God every day I have somewhere like Manorlands Hospice. It’s like being at home. And they are not only helping me, but Steve as well.
Find out more about Manorlands Hospice
Our Manorlands Hospice is situated in West Yorkshire on the northern edge of the village of Oxenhope. We offer medical, emotional and practical support to people living in Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale, as well as central, northern and western areas of Bradford.