Dying dad says ‘thank you’ to 
hospice angels

Kevin and Mary Shelton. ANL-170216-122740001
Kevin and Mary Shelton. ANL-170216-122740001

A brave dad with terminal cancer has praised the hospice ‘angels’ who helped him spend his last Christmas with his family at their home in Anderby.

Kevin Shelton, 62, was given just three to six months to live after being diagnosed with advanced oesophageal cancer.

After failed palliative chemotherapy, the married father-of- four was referred to St Barnabas for specialist end of life care. He said: “I thought hospice care meant that I would have to leave my family to be looked after in a hospice somewhere. I had no idea there were Hospice at Home nurses who would care for me in my own home.

“My family means everything to me. My youngest son is only four-years-old and I didn’t want to miss a single second of his life now, when I am going to miss out on so much of his future.

“The St Barnabas nurses have been a blessing. To me, they are more than just nurses. They are all angels.”

Louise Garwood, Clinical Team Lead for St Barnabas Hospice, said: “Our priority is to ensure that the patient has a good quality of life and that they are able to enjoy the time they have left with their loved ones.”