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A NURSE whose own father was cared for at the hospice where she works has issued a heartfelt thanks to shoppers who helped raise a record £47,000 in aid of the charity.

The money which is enough to fund a community clinical nurse specialist for a whole year at Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, was the most ever to be raised by Broadway Shopping Centre’s annual Christmas Grotto.

It means more terminally ill patients and their families will get the vital support and quality care that they need, said Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice Nurse Lyn Williams.

Lyn, 61, from Eltham, got first-hand experience of the care offered from a new perspective when her own father became terminally ill last year.

She said: “In March I lost my dad who actually died in the hospice. That helped me see things from both sides. Suddenly I had to deal with someone dying in a very different way.

“It helped me understand and empathise with people in a way you can’t really do until you have seen it through their eyes.”

She says the money raised by the Broadway Shopping Centre will make a huge difference to the care the hospice is able to provide in the community.

She said: “Some people aren’t aware of the hospice and the work we do“

Raising such an incredible amount of money really will make a massive difference to the whole community. It’s always a fight to raise the funds we need to keep going, but it’s vital we do.“

We are privileged to be with people at the end of their lives. It’s our job to give people the best quality of life we can for as long as we possibly can.”

Lyn added: “The level of support we have received from Broadway Shopping Centre over the years is absolutely wonderful.

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice relies on local support to raise almost £5m every year from the community to continue its work.

Broadway Shopping Centre General Manager Peter Sedge says he couldn’t be more thrilled at the huge amount of money raised through December’s Christmas Grotto.

He said: “We have to be grateful to our kind-hearted shoppers as it is them that has raised this fantastic sum, £47,000 - enough to fund a community nurse for a year.“

The work the staff, nurses and volunteers who keep the hospice going do is absolutely amazing and vital for the community. I couldn’t think of a better cause to support and I really couldn’t be more delighted.”

Hospice clinical nurse specialists work in the community to enable local people with life-limiting illnesses to remain living at home, if that is where they choose to be.

Lyn, who is married to retired London fire officer Hari Williams, started working at the hospice before it opened.

She said: “Dealing with patients you can’t become emotionally involved, or at least you try hard not to.“

Sometimes you can’t help it, we are all human. It may be that someone reminds you of a friend in a small way or you just naturally feel empathy with someone.

Lyn is now preparing to retire from her role to spend time with Hari, her two adult sons and their families including her five granddaughters.

Lyn, who trained at Brook Hospital in Woolwich as a mature student, says the 17-bed Greenwich and Bexley Community hospice is always busy, but the aim is to give people who want to be at home the option to do so.

She said: “Making sure patients have a quality of life at the end of their lives is so important.“

All our patients are adults, aged 18 and upwards, and suffer terminal illnesses such as cancer or motor neurone disease.“

We can help ensure they get the right benefits and we don’t just work with the patients but the whole family including children.”

Lyn added: “I’m certainly going to miss the hospice.

“I think losing my dad and other people close to me has made me realise life really is too short. We all need quality of life. If there is one thing my job has taught me it’s that life is about living.”

To find out more about Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice please visit www.communityhospice.org.uk