Gemma's Story


St Luke’s Hospice looked after Gemma Woolhead’s father, Steve Masters, at the Woodgrange Centre and in the In Patient Unit. Gemma tells us about the care and support everyone in the family receive:

“When my dad heard the word ‘hospice’ he thought that it was only a place for people to die. Whilst there he realised that it wasn’t like a hospital and everyone wanted to do all they could to help you feel better, to put a smile on your face and provide you with the best care.

“This outstanding care allowed him to go back to work for two months which he loved to do.” Dad needed to have 2 weekly blood transfusions at the Woodgrange Centre and the volunteers would always be welcoming. We loved that the staff were always so personal. They always addressed Dad as Steve which he liked rather than ‘Mr Masters’. This helped us all to feel relaxed and often made us forget the reasons why we were at the hospice.

When Dad’s health deteriorated and he needed end of life care, he went into the In-Patient Unit. As soon as he arrived, he was greeted by Margaret and the nurses who would be looking after him. He knew he would be looked after and also that my Mother and I would be supported; this was a great comfort to him. Dad went into the hospice three days before I was due to get married and he lost his fight two days before the wedding. Without the support from St Luke’s, I don’t feel that my husband Lee or I would have been able to get married.

I am trying to raise as much money for the hospice as possible to make sure other families can receive  the same care we did. To the people reading my story, you will have seen the care and support St Luke’s provides - I want to make sure this doesn’t stop and so I am trying to raise as much money for the hospice as possible to make sure other families can receive the same care we did. So far we have raised about £8800 through shaving my hair, my husband’s football tournament and not having flowers at Dads funeral. And we will continue to keep raising money. It’s only something little but together we can make sure that St Luke’s can keep providing this amazing care.

Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at St Luke’s. Without you, losing someone close would be so much harder. And thank you to the fundraisers who make it possible for St Luke’s to continue providing care for the community of Harrow and Brent.”

The money Gemma and her friends and family have raised would fund a 15 day stay for a patient in our In Patient Unit. To find out how you can get involved with fundraising for St Luke’s visit