Our Lottery pays for the care of one in five patients in Day Hospice. Patients like 75-year-old Mick Birley from Crewe. Here’s Mick’s story…

“I’ve got pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and emphysema. In November the doctors said that they couldn’t do anything more for me and told me that I probably wouldn’t make it to Christmas. I thought ‘God, what do I do now’.

“One of the nurses asked me if I’d considered the Day Hospice at St Luke’s and I politely put her off. It’s the word hospice – preconceived ideas, silly really. But my daughter nagged me to come and so I thought I’d do it just to get some peace and quiet. I haven’t looked back since and I’ve kicked my own backside for having that preconceived idea because I have gone from strength to strength since I started coming here.

“I’ve put weight on, so things are well on the up. I mean I know I’m not well but I feel like I could take on the world! The nurses are wonderful, the volunteers look after you, the ladies who do the painting sessions are marvellous and the driver John has been brilliant. And I’ve made some friends. I can’t fault the place.”

Mick, who has lived on his own since the death of his wife four years ago, has now been put in touch with St Luke’s Befriending Service as he loves chatting and going out but has struggled to do so without a companion. He has received help filling in forms for benefits he is entitled to and has found enjoyment in art thanks to our art therapy sessions. He has also felt comfortable enough to discuss and plan his end of life care.

If you would like to support patients like Mick by playing our Lottery for just £1 a week then please take a look at our website.