A SOLIHULL widow will be sharing her experience as a carer for her husband Alan in a talk to raise vital awareness of end of life care.
Hazel Carter said she would have gone “insane” without the support of Marie Curie, and is now preparing to speak out and make sure others do not miss out on the care they need.
Hazel is inviting people to join her at the Solihull Marie Curie Hospice on September 12 from 5.30pm to 7pm to find out about support she and her husband received from the charity before he died from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), aged 64.
She said: “Marie Curie was a tremendous support to both Alan and me.
“Although it was hard at times and I made mistakes, I found I could cope with the physical demands of the caring with the help we received from the charity.
“I had always been a capable woman in my life. But being thrust into the role of looking after a dying person is something that no one can prepare you for.
“I cannot praise the staff at Marie Curie enough. I think without their support I would have gone insane, and Alan would not have had the quality of care he deserved.
“His last two months of life were spent in the Marie Curie hospice in Solihull, and they helped make him as comfortable as possible before he died.
“I want to now make sure that people in our community who are in the same position as Alan and I know that support is out there and they don’t have to struggle alone.”
Over the last 10 years, Marie Curie has delivered care to over 13,500 patients in the West Midlands, providing nursing services in people’s homes as well as in the In-Patient Unit at the hospice.
Director of operations, Coreen Astle, will also be speaking about the care offered by Marie Curie and how they support people with terminal illness and their families.
Attendees will be offered free refreshments in the hospice café and can meet some staff and tour the grounds.
The event is free – attendees are asked to reserve a seat click here.