The family of a Lichfield vicar are calling on people to help support a local hospice.
Richard Bailey, who was the vicar for St John’s Church in Shenstone and St Peter’s Church in Stonnall, visited many patients at St Giles Hospice before needing care from the charity himself when he was diagnosed with cancer.
His wife Marilyn Bailey says it is important people back fundraising drivers by the hospice, including the upcoming summer raffle, to ensure families like her own can continue to receive support and care.
Richard went into the hospice for three weeks to help manage his symptoms, which allowed him to return home for a while before his condition worsened.
“The hospice team were there for the whole family, including our pets, and that was really important to us,” Marilyn said. “Our little dog Hollie was a regular visitor on the ward to see Richard. The reception staff even had dog treats especially for her.
“The team at St Giles were open and honest with us as a family and that was very important to us.
“This not only helped him, but all of us. We all really appreciated such dedicated people there who took the time to have the conversations to really make sure we knew what was happening.
“When Richard died the whole family was there, along with our three dogs.
“We formed an escort, humans and dogs alike, to walk down the corridor to say goodbye. That was a moment I’ll treasure and remember and it couldn’t have happened anywhere else.”
Tickets for the hospice summer raffle are now on sale at £1 each and goodies up for grabs include a first prize of £8,000 or a brand new Kia Picanto car from Burton Kia, a Mediterranean holiday and other cash prizes.
St Giles Hospice’s lottery manager Alison Jerram said: “Whether someone buys a ticket in memory of a loved one, to support their local charity or to have a flutter, every £1 ticket sold helps us to continue supporting local people like Richard, Marilyn and their family.
“The raffle is a great way for our supporters to have fun and win some fabulous prizes with the satisfaction of knowing that they are also helping to fund St Giles so that we can be there in the future for them and their family and friends when they need us.”
Anyone wanting to join the draw can buy until 30th June online at www.stgileshospice.com/raffle/ or by calling the lottery office on 01543 434020.