In praise of our hospice

SIR - We met Steve at the Interface Project drop-in at Holy Trinity, Barnstaple. He was always a very polite, friendly guest and very grateful for the friendship and food. Steve was not addicted to alcohol or drugs, but he was addicted to life in the open

SIR - We met Steve at the Interface Project drop-in at Holy Trinity, Barnstaple. He was always a very polite, friendly guest and very grateful for the friendship and food.

Steve was not addicted to alcohol or drugs, but he was addicted to life in the open air and he really preferred his life as a rough sleeper.

He had many friends in Barnstaple and was well known and loved by them all and by friends at BPAG, Freedom and Trinity.

What little he had he needed to survive his harsh if self-inflicted existence.


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It would not have been possible for him to support any charitable cause beyond his own.

When Steve became very ill, he was treated well at NDDH. Sadly, his illness was terminal and during the assessment period he visited the North Devon Hospice for a short stay.

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He quickly became too ill to continue to sleep outside and caring accommodation was found for him.

He spent his final weeks at the North Devon Hospice. There, he had a room with a balcony so that her would not feel shut in.

He lived in the luxurious surroundings with the first class care our hospice gives to all its patients. Our rough sleeper enjoyed his final days being treated like a king.

Who said "Whatever you do for one of the least of my brethren, you did it unto me?"

What a wonderful example of selfless care and dedication from all those connected in any way with our hospice.

On behalf of Steve, thank you!

From all his friends.

No name needed.

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