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The Friends of Harlington Hospice

The Friends of Harlington Hospice have been a long running group of volunteers and supporters of our Hospice for nearly 20 years. Many of the current committee members worked alongside Mary Hopkins MBE and her husband Reg Hopkins to help establish the Hospice in Hayes and Harlington. Their fundraising efforts ultimately led to the purchasing […]

Bill’s Story

When Bill first came to stay at our Inpatient Unit (IPU) at Michael Sobell House he was struggling with breathlessness and felt very unwell. Having had a heart attack and struggling with respiratory symptoms, he and his daughter were preparing themselves for his end of life journey. However, through support from the Hospice Team, Bill […]

Thirty-One Years of the Sobell Bridge Club

The Sobell Bridge Club has been a long standing supporter of Michael Sobell House. A club dedicated both to fundraising and to providing a community group, it has raised funds for the building of the Michael Sobell Centre, supported its members throughout COVID-19, and at its heart is a warm and welcoming group. Our Communications […]

Behind the Stethoscope: A Journey of Compassion – Insights from a GP Trainee

In the last week of her 6-month GP trainee rotation at Michael Sobell House, Dr Mariam Koronfel spoke to Harry, our Communications Officer, about her time working on the Inpatient Unit. Mariam shared about her experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the value of simply being present for someone else, and the […]

Brenda and Kelly’s Story

Kelly and Brenda lying close together and smiling.

In Summer 2021, Brenda’s health was declining and it became clear to her and her daughter, Kelly, that they’d benefit from some additional support. Brenda and Kelly worked with Harlington Hospice’s Inpatient Unit and Hospice at Home Teams throughout the rest of Brenda’s life. After a stay in hospital in 2021, it was important to […]

Local community works with Hospice Chaplain to respect religious rite

Imam Rizwan Rawat, chaplain at Michael Sobell House and part of the Spiritual Care Team, was recently involved in organising a Muslim burial over the last week of someone’s life. Here, he discusses the importance of a quick burial in Islam, the organisation of the burial and how working with the Watford Muslim Community made […]

Choices and the Life to Death Transition

Chris West, Former Wellbeing Services Lead at Harlington Hospice and Michael Sobell House, spoke to Harry Steele, our Communications Officer, about the importance of discussing end-of-life wishes, the transition from life to death, and the small acts of reassurance that can mean so much to a family. Harry writes below.   One of the most […]

Holistic Healthcare and Breaking Silences

A white woman with short, dark brown hair smile directly into the camera. She is wearing multicoloured earrings and a black and grey striped top.

Dr Ros Taylor MBE has been Medical Director at Harlington Hospice and the Michael Sobell Hospice since January 2020. Recently, she spoke with our Communications Officer, Harriet Steele, about how the medical landscape has developed over her career, the importance of holism in medical care and the role of hospices in breaking the silence around […]

A full recovery and a wish for ‘hospice in a bottle’

Catherine Szelewski is smiling at the camera with her hand on a piano at the Michael Sobell Hospice

After a tragic family bereavement, Catherine Szelewski found herself turning to alcohol to cope. As her mental, spiritual, and physical health fell into a deep decline, Catherine was referred to the Michael Sobell Hospice to receive end-of-life care. Then, miraculously, she made a full recovery after less than one week. This is her story. “My […]

There’s really nothing to be frightened of coming to Michael Sobell Hospice

Lesley Carrington, from Hillingdon, was admitted to the Michael Sobell Hospice Inpatient Unit in July 2021. Here, Lesley, in her own words, shares her journey with us.   “My life was going wonderfully. I had my horses, my dogs, cats, rabbits, and my guinea pigs, my whole world was my animals. I didn’t live for […]

Matron Carol stands with a woman in a blue sari in our gardens at Lansdowne House

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