Marie and her Dad

“It was heart-breaking to lose two of the most important people in my life so close together”

David Bull and Raymond Wells were best friends since childhood, but they sadly died in 2018 and 2019 after being diagnosed with terminal illnesses. Marie, David’s daughter, has spoken out about the incredible care St Barnabas delivered to both her dad and to Ray.

Family with Uncle Ray

Marie said, “Dad and Uncle Ray were the most amazing male role models anyone could have. They loved to go fishing together and Uncle Ray would always spend Christmas with us as one big, happy family. Dad was the cleverest man I know and could turn his hand to anything. He loved woodwork and was a fantastic mechanic. Uncle Ray was like a grandad to me. He had a heart of gold and was so selfless, he would give you his last penny if you needed it.”

David was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016 and Ray was diagnosed with vascular dementia around six years ago. They both received Hospice at Home care from the St Barnabas nurses based in Louth for the few weeks before they died.

Marie said, “Dad died in January 2018 and then Uncle Ray died the year after in June. Dad was only 71, and Uncle Ray was 85. It was heart-breaking to lose two of the most important people in my life so close together, but St Barnabas were there on both occasions to make their passing as peaceful as possible.

“The St Barnabas nurses are absolutely amazing, they are angels on earth. I am forever grateful that Dad had a peaceful death with no pain, and that Uncle Ray was so well looked after too. As a family, we feel forever indebted to the Hospice for how they have helped our loved ones.

“I have chosen to give something back to show my appreciation to the amazing staff and volunteers who work at St Barnabas. My first fundraising event was held at my business, Shampoodles Grooming Salon, where we raised almost £300. I feel so proud knowing that money is going to help more families like ours and want to continue supporting the Hospice long into the future.”

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