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"The Lambert has always been part of my life"

“Having our own hospice here in Thirsk will make it easier for people, supporting some of the caring responsibility for family and loved ones. I think it’s a really lovely plan and a very good thing for us all.” – supporter Maureen Worley.
 
As plans take shape to transform the former Lambert Hospital in Thirsk into a hub of care and support for local people, we’re sharing the stories and rich history of this very special space. Our Voices of the Lambert series celebrates the local people and groups at the heart of this vital community resource.
 
Local supporter Maureen Worley shares her fond memories of the former Lambert Memorial Hospital, and why she’s passionate about plans for “our own hospice here in Thirsk.”
 
Maureen, pictured, said: “The Lambert has always been part of my life. When my children were young, I had a little part-time job there as a cleaner. There were so many people who worked there or were being looked after there that you knew - it was a lovely place to work with a lot of laughter, as well as tears. I think it is a great comfort when you’re poorly to have such a familiar place in your town with friendly faces.
 
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“My mum was looked after there and my husband’s father too before he died. He had dementia and our son used to pop in to visit grandad in his lunchbreak from school, which helped them both. And on her wedding day, our daughter paid grandad a visit in her wedding dress. Sadly he died while she was on honeymoon, but it meant a lot to her to see him that day.
 
“I like to think this will be what it’s like when we have Herriot Hospice@The Lambert – that it will be a comfortable, welcoming place where people with a terminal illness can be helped to live their life to the full. With all those special moments, like we had at the Lambert. Having our own hospice here in Thirsk will make it easier for people, supporting some of the caring responsibility for family and loved ones. I think it’s a really lovely plan and a very good thing for us all.”
 
Maureen will be running the Great North Run in September, to raise funds for Herriot and Herriot Hospice@ The Lambert.
 
Look out for more Voices of the Lambert. We’d love to hear your stories and reflections – to chat to us, email admin@herriothh.org.uk.
Article Posted 31st March 2022

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North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a registered charity in England and Wales (518905) with a family of services operating as Herriot Hospice Homecare, Just 'B', Saint Michael's Hospice and Talking Spaces.

North Yorkshire Hospice Care is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (2121179). Registered address Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8NA.