Voices of Katharine House Hospice patients star in new book

Front cover of the latest Katherine House Hospice book Voices. NNL-160927-122716001
Front cover of the latest Katherine House Hospice book Voices. NNL-160927-122716001

A new book which puts words from past and present staff and patients from Katharine House Hospice on paper is to be released next month.

Voices from 25 Years of Hospice Care is about what the hospice means to the people who have lived and worked there.

The book is to mark the hospice’s 25th anniversary and will be launched on October 8 at Balscote Village Hall alongside an exhibition and sale of paintings by hospice patient, Terry Bock.

KHH founder president, Neil Gadsby, said he was pleased with the response his idea received when he mentioned it over a year ago.

He said: “We have put together pieces of writing from patients, relatives and friends of patients, from staff, students who have used the hospice for training and other people on ‘what Katharine House Hospice means to me.’

“It is a collection of writing which sums up the positive nature of the organisation.

“We have a symbiotic relationship with the community – it supports the hospice and most of the people we get to run the hospice come from the community.

“This book is a way of getting that message across to people.

“It is also full of positive messages and is a useful read for anyone who might have fears of being admitted to the hospice.”

The book has not cost KHH any money to put together and has been funded by grants the generosity of the publishers.

Mr Gadsby said: “When we do sell it, it will go to raise around £10,00 for the hospice for patient care.”

The book will be available from KHH shops and online.

The book’s foreword has been written by Lord Heseltine, who wrote: “When I read of the memories of patients, their relatives, friends, the staff or medical practitioners, they were all grateful for the treatment they had received, for the chance to help those undergoing it, or the opportunity to use their specialist knowledge in often stressful circumstances.

“It is an uplifting story of human fellowship. It tells of a world we know to be all too close but secretly hope will be for others and not ourselves. It takes us behind the curtain we hope will remain drawn but then reveals the kindness, dedication, professionalism and care that can so transform the lives of those for whom that hope proved unrealistic.”