Rosemary’s Story


Rosemary worked in education, and after retirement decided to fundraise for Children’s Hospice South West by opening her garden for a coffee morning. Soon after, she was diagnosed with cancer, and was supported by Weston Hospicecare’s Day Hospice and the Expressive Movement Therapy group, of which Rosemary was an active member.

Rosemary decided to double her fundraising efforts, taking part in the hospice’s ‘Open Gardens’ fundraising event. In July 2017, Rosemary opened her beautiful garden for five coffee mornings, raising £2055 which was divided between Weston Hospicecare and Children’s Hospice South West.

Throughout her illness, Rosemary was supported by Jenny, one of our Community Nurses as well as our In-Patient Unit. Rosemary said: “Jenny has been wonderful, as has everyone. All the staff are so kind, and they can’t do enough for you. Being in the In-Patient Unit is like a home away from home. It’s a very special place.”

Sadly, Rosemary died in January, 2018, but many will remember fondly the happy times spent sharing tea and cake in her garden.