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Law firm's staff gift money to Cheltenham hospice as thanks for care of family of staff member

Staff from a law firm have made a five-figure donation to a Cheltenham hospice as a thank you for the "amazing care" given to the husband of one of their lawyers.

The donation of £5,850 from Harrison Clark Rickerby's Chairtable Foundation has enabled the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice acquire five new syringe drivers that deliver vital medication.

The donation was made in the memory of the husband of Rhiannon Anderson after the care they gave him before he lost his battle to bowel cancer at the age of just 32.

Rhiannon Anderson works for Harrison Clark Rickerby's at their Cheltenham office and made the grant request to the firm after being amazed by the care the family were shown.

She said: "They made the worst period of our lives more bearable - they enabled me to be his wife, not his carer.

"The care that the hospice gave us was amazing; it was very specific to his needs and very supportive of me too, and I wanted to do what I could to support them in turn.

"They look after people holistically and there is a complete lack of doom and gloom - it was my second home for the time that he was there and I am so grateful to them.

"He had two syringe drivers for the whole time he was there - they are life-changing for patients and for carers too."

The syringe drivers deliver medication to people who need ongoing pain management or regular doses.

Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: "Our heartfelt thanks go to Rhiannon and all at Harrison Clark Rickerbys for this kind donation, which will help bring comfort to our patients.

"Syringe drivers are small portable machines that deliver a steady flow of drugs to help keep symptoms under control, helping patients remain comfortable.

"This donation will make a real difference to patients and their families.

"Demand for our services is growing, so donations like this are extremely important in helping us to continue to be there when it matters for our patients and their families."

Dawn Oliver of the HCR Charitable Foundation said: "I'm so glad that we have been able to make a real difference to the hospice's patients and their families - that is exactly what the Foundation aims to do.

"Rhiannon's own experience shows just how important a relatively simple piece of equipment can be."

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