Kathy's Story

“As a family we would not have been able to keep our mummy at home without the support we received from Northern Ireland Hospice".

Harry Farrell, Julie-Anne, Kathy, Paul and Christine lost their beloved wife and mother, Julia Farrell (Nee Hall), in March this year.

During her illness, Julia received Hospice Care at Home, where she and her family were provided with 24 hour expert care, advice and guidance from the Hospice community nurse.

Since their mother’s passing, a group of Julia’s friends and families, known as `Team Julia`, has been on a mission to raise vital funds for the hospice to commemorate her life.

Speaking about their experience of Hospice Care at Home, Julia’s daughter, Kathy said:  The Hospice was able to work alongside the palliative care team in the City Hospital.  Together they were able to advise and inform us of the medical attention mummy required, as well as whom to contact if she was struggling with pain; we always knew we had someone at the end of the phone.

“At the beginning it was a really frightening time for us being Mummy’s main carers as we aren’t from medical backgrounds; however NI Hospice made this process easier for us. Our Hospice specialist nurse was super at providing comfort to my mummy when she needed it, as well as explaining everything to us about her condition and needs.

“As a family we would not have been able to keep our mummy at home without the support we received from Northern Ireland Hospice.

“Every day was so precious to us and the time we had left was made more special because mummy was at home just as she had wished and this meant everything to us”.

The family get their fundraising underway on August 12, where they will take on the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge; a gruelling one-day trek across the seven highest peaks in the Mourne Mountains.  To top off their fundraising efforts, the family has also organised a social night on Saturday, October 21 at the Donegal Celtic, Belfast.

Over 90% of Hospice care is provided to patients in the community, allowing them to be in the comfort of their own home surrounded by those closest to them.