Pravind and his family had just moved to Wellington when his mother Saras was diagnosed with lung cancer. The family decided they wanted to care for Saras at home – something which was made possible with the help of Mary Potter Hospice.
“We had a community nurse from the Hospice come and check on us every day. She was our go-to person. They organized everything. It was a real godsend and a massive, massive support.” The small touches made Pravind and his family feel cared for – like having a La-Z-Boy chair from the Hospice, a proper hospital bed for Saras and having the Hospice on call 24-7.
“If I had a question and rang the Hospice, whoever picked up would ask how Mum was doing. They knew our names and listened to us properly. We felt like we had a personal connection with the Hospice. The staff were always showing us care and compassion.” At one stage, Saras was moved to the Inpatient Unit. She spent a week there while the medical team helped to control her symptoms.
“I spent that whole week with her. The nurses weren’t just looking after her – they were looking after me as well. They would say, ‘Pravind, have you eaten?’. And then they would organsie some food for me. That week showed me that Mary Potter Hospice is like family.”
Five months after being diagnosed Saras passed away. Following her death, Pravind wanted to give back to Hospice. He got involved with the annual street appeal and is now an area coordinator – helping to organsie volunteers during the two days of the appeal.
“I try and do as much as I can. The appeal is only two days out of my year. It is the least I can do. Our family will be forever indebted to the Hospice.”
Whether it is $1 or $100, Pravind says any money donated to the Hospice during the appeal helps. He is looking forward to getting out on the street again with his bucket soon.
“Keep an eye out for us on the 18 and 19th of September. We would love to have your support.”
Anyone wanting to take part in the 2020 Mary Potter Hospice Street Appeal on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September can sign up to do so here.