Linda Tute - East Cheshire Hospice

Linda Tute

The family of Linda Tute believe she lived longer because of the care she received from East Cheshire Hospice.

Husband Martin and their three daughters feared the worst when Linda, who had oesophageal cancer, was admitted to the Hospice just before Christmas in 2016.

She went into hospital after her condition had deteriorated and was quickly transferred to the Hospice as an inpatient.

Linda, from Bollington, was given only hours, or at most days, to live.

Linda Tute who was cared for by East Cheshire Hospice.  

Eight weeks later she eventually went home where she lived for almost two years before passing away in September 2018, aged 75.

Daughter Kerry said: “The whole family honestly believe that because of the Hospice’s care at that critical time we had almost another two years with mum.

“We genuinely believe they gifted us those 22 months that we never expected.

“It was just their attention to detail. She wouldn’t have received that level of care if she’d been in hospital, or had been discharged to be looked after at home.

“Don’t get me wrong they were a turbulent 22 months to say the least in terms of her illness, but we made it a beautiful family time for her.”

Linda was a hairdresser many years ago and proud mum to Sheona, Meryl and Kerry.

Kerry said: “Initially, mum had suddenly been taken very poorly and went into hospital briefly, before she was admitted to the Hospice for end-of-life care.

“She accessed a range of Hospice services while she was at home. Hospice @Home were briefly involved and she was also an outpatient at the Sunflower Centre which was somewhere she loved going every week.

“It was her choice to die at home and we’ll be forever grateful to the wonderful staff at the Hospice.

“Without their meticulous care, we’d have had to say goodbye to her far sooner than any of us were ready for.”

* The Hospice needs £7,500 a day to provide care free of charge to patients, families and their carers. Only 17 per cent of its income comes from government.

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