Visit from horse brings joy to Hospice in-patient

On Saturday 16th December in-patient Janet had a visit from a very special friend – her horse Crumble.

Crumble visited the Hospice on a crisp winter morning, the sun was shining and the double doors to her bedroom which lead onto the Hospice gardens were opened up to welcome the four legged friend. Crumble made himself at home, being fed carrots, and entertaining Janet and Hospice staff. Bonnie the dog also enjoyed the visit!

Janet said about the visit, “I feel great. It’s the best therapy.”

St Michael’s Hospice’s Sister Jo said; “At the Hospice we try to make every patients wish come true. It was such a special moment and to see Janet so happy to see Crumble in a relaxed environment with the sun beaming down, it was priceless.”

“In the past year we have helped to fulfil lots of patients’ wishes including bringing afternoon tea to a patient at the weekend for her to enjoy with her friends. One of our patients wished to have one last ride in her sports car and enjoyed an ice cream on the sea front! Pets have stayed overnight for a few nights and a patient who was hoping to go to her son’s wedding, sadly deteriorated, but we hastily prepared a blessing, it was a really special day. All of these wishes come true as part of a team effort and it is so lovely to hear all about what a great time our patients had.”

“People think you come through the door at St Michael’s Hospice and your life is over. I always describe coming into the Hospice as going through the wardrobe to Narnia, no one really knows what goes on there!”


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  • “We wanted to do whatever we could to help.”