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“I knew he’d be in good hands”: Patricia says thank you to Weldmar by repaying the cost of care

19th October 2021


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Roy Aston spent ten months being supported by Weldmar Hospicecare in 2020 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer that affects the lung, caused by exposure to asbestos.

Almost exactly a year after Roy lost his fight against the disease, his wife and family have returned to Weldmar’s Inpatient Unit to present a cheque that covers the cost of his care.

Whilst still at home in Chickerell, Roy was seen by his Weldmar Community Nurse, Lucy Moxham, and was then admitted to the IPU in Dorchester where he passed away on October 24th.

His wife, Patricia, told us, “He was so very well looked after.  Weldmar were absolutely marvellous.  He was frightened of coming into the hospice as he thought it was more of a hospital.  Lucy was ever so good, and told him it was where he could go in and have some rest.  He agreed, and she was able to arrange it immediately.”

“He was by the window and he had a really lovely view.  He had such fun with the nurses, and they gave us peace of mind.  It was a weight lifted from my shoulders after looking after him at home for ten months.  I knew he would be in good hands.”

Weldmar Hospicecare is proud to be able to provide free end of life care to any adult in Dorset with a life limiting illness, as well as support for their loved ones, but Roy’s family were able to ‘pay back’ the cost of care thanks to a successful legal claim against his former employer.

Read more about Roy's story in the Dorset Echo here

Pictured above: Patricia Aston with members of her family and solicitor Shaheen Mosquera, handing over the cheque to Wendy and Larissa from Weldmar’s Inpatient Unit nursing team

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