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Alice's Story

25-year-old pharmacy student Alice, her family and friends have raised over £20,000 for St Luke’s since 2016.  Alice’s Mum Lynne was cared for at the hospice three years ago. Through the tribute fund set up in Lynne’s memory her loved ones continue to fundraise for St Luke’s. 

Alice Ford 2019

Alice's Story

The care my Mum got from the St Luke's team was amazing, allowing her to keep her dignity in the worst of times. There are so many examples of St Luke’s staff going above and beyond for Mum.  Just little things like painting her nails or going out to buy Birdseye fish fingers especially for her when she fancied them. I just can’t thank the staff enough for everything they did for her.  They also cared for me and my family, answering any questions we had openly and honestly.  There is so much support available even after you’ve lost someone and I know I can turn to that when the time is right for me.

I was hesitant to start fundraising first but once we started planning things, I really enjoyed it. It kept me busy and gave me something to focus on. Our first event was a charity football day. St Luke’s fundraising team were always there to help when I needed it. The sun shone, and we raised more than £2800, which was match funded by Halifax, taking the total up to £5700.

We’ve also taken part in two Night Strider events, organised cake sales, fundraised at work and my friend Molly ran the Sheffield half marathon. 

The tribute fund is a great way to keep all the memories of Mum and our fundraising achievements in one place. It’s so nice to see the comments and photos that people upload. It’s also somewhere for me and my sister, Emma to write down our thoughts and feelings about Mum when we feel we need to. 

Losing your mum is always hard, but it was good to know her last weeks were spent at St Luke's; they couldn't do enough for her and made her as comfortable as possible. All the staff were amazing, from the doctors and nurses to the catering and cleaning teams. Everyone was so friendly towards us and that helped so much.