John Digby- End of Life Care
Herriot Hospice Homecare works at the centre of the Hambleton and Richmondshire communities, caring for local people living with terminal illness and bereavement. Many families value the fact that they can receive personalised care from an organisation that is very much rooted in the area they call home.
Here, Sarah Hex shares her experience of the care we provided her dad, John Digby, before his death from melanoma, in 2021. John was a well-known and much-loved figure in the Thirsk community as well as an ardent supporter of Herriot Hospice Homecare while living and working in the town.
Sarah said: “My dad was a popular figure in Thirsk after many years working as a local bank manager. He was known for his friendliness, smile and wicked sense of humour that would often make those around him laugh. He would always make time to chat to people and for that reason, he is missed by many.
“Dad knew lots about Herriot Hospice Homecare even before he became ill. He admired the care that they provided in and around Thirsk and was therefore keen for his funeral collection to be in aid of this local cause.
“Once he needed support himself, he and our family were so grateful for both the physical and moral support that Herriot Hospice Homecare provided. Just knowing they were there when we needed them meant so much. In his last week, Dad received great care from the Herriot team, district nurses and Macmillan nurses. He was reassured to know that Herriot’s familiar presence in Thirsk was now right at his side.
“After Dad died in June 2021, our family and friends wanted to keep his memory alive beyond his funeral. My youngest son suggested we make an occasion to remember him, while supporting Herriot. We decided to do a family walk together from Boltby to the former Lambert Memorial Hospital, which we know Herriot Hospice Homecare plans to transform into a community hub for those living with terminal illness and bereavement.
“The Lambert is especially close to our hearts as Mum not only worked there as a nurse when it was still a community hospital, but has also volunteered answering Herriot’s Hear to Help helpline over the past year. We could think of no better destination for our walk.
“Dad was loved so much by our family, and his grandchildren have fond memories of sharing Ringtons biscuits and Percy Pigs with him while enjoying his company.
“We’re so thankful to Herriot Hospice Homecare for being such an important part of the Thirsk community, and we’re sure Dad would love the fact that we’re supporting them and their plans for the Lambert.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Herriot in memory of John Digby can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thedigbys.