“The way people die lives on in the memory of those who mourn them”

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We want to provide support to all patients who are facing their final days in a hospital bed – regardless of their diagnosis, ethnicity or age.

In these unprecedented times, we are continuing to work to support hospital patients and their families.

We need to be ready to help get the NHS back on its feet post the coronavirus outbreak. Butterfly Volunteers will be needed more than ever before. Help us to be ready by donating.

Read about the difference the Butterfly Volunteers make….

“I spent a couple of hours with Mrs J this morning. Her son was with her when I arrived, and he was very grateful to be able to get some fresh air and have lunch. When he came back we had a long chat and he wanted to know whether I thought his mum could still hear him. He was pleased when I told him that we have learned that hearing is the last sense to go when someone is dying”.

“ Mrs H thanked me for spending time with her today. I think she felt at ease talking to me as I wasn’t medical – and had time just for her.  The Nursing Sister seemed happy I had visited and said patients always seem brighter when they’ve had some company”.

“Mr D was in and out of consciousness, and his wife was very upset when I arrived. We chatted about their life together, and how much she would miss him. Her friend arrived and they went to have coffee to give Mrs D a break. When they came back we talked for a while, and then I left. They were extremely grateful, and very supportive of a much needed service”.

“I spoke at to one of the nurses on the ward today, as I was leaving. I had spent about an hour and a half with one of her patients, who is in his last hours. The nurse was so grateful. She told me that this gentleman doesn’t have any visitors at all – no family or friends to support him. The staff on the ward know he is dying but are unable to spend any more than a few minutes at a time with him. She said our service is invaluable, and asked me to pass on her thanks to the Butterfly Volunteers, and to The Anne Robson Trust”.

“I was so glad of my Butterfly Volunteer training this morning. The patient was very agitated and thrashing around in his bed. His family were there, but didn’t know what to do, or why he was doing it.  They were very upset. I asked if they would like me to go and get a nurse to help, and they said yes please. They didn’t like to bother the staff as they seemed so busy. When the nurse had come and given Mr R some medication, he relaxed, and went to sleep. The family were so grateful to me for spending time with them, and explaining what was happening to their Dad.”