Alec Flannagan was cared for by St Luke’s in his last days and his daughter, Charlie shares their family’s experience of our care:
“After my Dad, Alec Flannagan had an awful battle with lung cancer and was found to be untreatable he spent a lot of time in hospital where he also suffered a stroke. He wished to come home to his family and be cared for in his own environment. My mum Vicky, my sisters Alex, Georgie, Kelly, my brother, Matthew and myself all tried our very best to care for him. My dad’s illness deteriorated and we found it very difficult to make him comfortable and control his pain.
After a few visits from St Luke’s nurses who were so lovely and caring, my dad decided he would like to come and stay at the hospice. On the 23 February my dad could not cope much more and we arranged for him to come to the Hospice on the 24th. We had the belief that he would be coming home after his pain was under control and so did he, which was a good focus for my dad. He asked for his room at home to be brightened up with lighter paint, as his room at the hospice was so bright that it made him feel better.
He often asked for ice lollies which made his throat feel better. His pain was controlled and this made his last few days much more comfortable. He would joke around with the nurses who just lit up the room and brought a smile to his face. He sadly passed away on 28 February.
After the amazing care he received and coming to realise that St Luke’s relies so much on funding, the whole family checked the hospice website where we saw the Midnight Walk and we decided to take part. It was an amazing night and brilliant experience, and what a way for my family to come together and thank St Luke’s for what they had done for my dad and to remember him. To see all the volunteers who gave up their time to be there and encourage all of us that night was so inspiring. It was a lovely way to give back for what St Luke’s had done for my Dad and we will be taking part again this year.”