An ambassador for St Luke’s Hospice has shared the story of how her mother came into their care to encourage people to donate using their envelope scheme.

Marian Scott’s cousin, Sylvia, came to St Luke’s Hospice after her husband died from an aneurysm during a car crash.

As Sylvia was suffering from terminal cancer, Marian knew she needed to do something.

The next morning, Marian contacted the Community Palliative Care team that had been visiting Sylvia’s home and within two hours, two nurses had arrived to take her to St Luke’s Hospice.

The nurses took care of Sylvia, even taking her to the funeral of her husband, until she died.

Marian said: “It is definitely the little kindnesses that happened everyday that made such a difference and gave reassurance and comfort not only to Sylvia but to us as a family.

“These acts of kindness meant Sylvia remained an individual with a personality and a sense of humour, not just a patient.”

Marian has shared this story in the hopes it will encourage people to donate through the hospice’s envelope scheme this Christmas.

In order to donate, you can either call 01268 524973, text STLK10 and the donation amount to 70070, do it online at or drop off an envelope at one of the St Luke’s Hospice shops in Essex