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The very first time I heard the word ‘hospice’ was during a phone call from Liz, Dr Elizabeth Hall. She briefly explained what a hospice was and the intention to get one in Colchester, and she wanted him to join the steering group.
Liz said it would only take a few months to help then I could slide off if I wanted to. That was a joke!
My particular job was public relations to try to get it off the ground. When I sat back and I looked at it I thought, well I’ve got no product and I’m trying to sell it to people! We were promoting something that didn’t exist.
We travelled around the county talking, talking, talking, spreading the word about the Hospice and getting it to be known.
I had good partners with the Standard and the Evening Gazette, who helped us along quite a lot with coverage in the newspapers.
I wanted to help achieve this because I would have liked a hospice to have been available for my young niece, but there wasn’t. Back then, once they decided you were terminal that was the end of you, you got crossed off the book, even though you hadn’t died.
There was a need. When I talked to people about how it would be nice if the person we loved was looked after, that got going really and it caught on.
Everyone was so friendly. It was a family really, a family which you began to grow into.
I think we made a nice little go of it.
Angela d’Angibau was part of the team of volunteers who worked tirelessly before The Hospice opened in May 1985, to create a tranquil garden for people to enjoy and reflect in.View more
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