Malcolm Hallows, 87, was merchant seaman in the Navy for over 30 years. Sometimes, he’d be away at sea for two years at a time. Twelve years ago, he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. He admitted that he was incredibly lonely living by himself, before he was introduced to a whole new world of socialising at Saint Francis Hospice.
‘I used to spend most of the day just lying on my bed’ he recalled. Now, he relishes visiting the Hospice’s social hub, Pemberton Place. It’s where he enjoys mixing with people who have many things in common with him. One of those is a life-limiting illness. ‘I look forward to coming to the Hospice’ he said joyfully. ‘I feel like I’m still wanted here’, he added.
Malcolm’s tumour has affected his eyes, ears and balance however it doesn’t stop him soaking up the live music, now the Saint Francis Hospice has installed action for hearing loss equipment. The National Lottery funds the hospice to plant devices on the ward, in charity retail stores, reception areas, and Pemberton Place.
Saint Francis Hospice a better place for people whose hearing has been affected by a life-limiting illness. Not only can Malcolm now hear other people’s voices, but also his own – something that he hasn’t heard in a long time.
For Malcolm, using public transport is dangerous and distressing, and driving is impossible. The Hospice is in need of more volunteer drivers to help people like Malcolm get to and from Pemberton Place. Without volunteer drivers, Malcolm would be alone in his bedroom rather than enjoying the camaraderie at Saint Francis Hospice.