Kyle's story

Kyle's mum, Agnes, was cared for by Ayrshire Hospice in the last days of her life. The hospice made sure the family could spend precious time together.

Kyle with his mum, Agnes
"My name is Kyle, I’m 19. I have two brothers, Mitchell, 17 and Mackenzie, 12.

"We all love playing football. We knew about the Ayrshire Hospice as we played matches at the Racecourse Road pitches just along the road.

"We didn’t know then what an important part the hospice would play in our lives.  We miss our mum, Agnes, very much. She was a wonderful mum.

"She found out she had cancer in February 2015 but she remained positive that she would get well again. The cancer didn’t go away. Mum was in really bad pain and struggled to walk.

"The nurses at the Beatson said that the Ayrshire Hospice could help. I joined my mum in the ambulance that brought her to the hospice on Racecourse Road – just along from the football pitches where she had stood cheering us on at our football matches.

"Mum wasn’t able to communicate much with us but the nurses made sure that she was comfortable and had all the specialist care she needed. They encouraged us to visit her as often as we liked. There were no restrictive visiting hours.

"The nurses would tell us to go and see our mum or be with our family – they really understood how much it meant to be together at this really hard time.

"Mum was only in the hospice for five or six days before she died but the three of us were with her every day - the hospice team really made us feel at home."

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