Today we want to share Derrick’s story and how we were able to help him and his family achieve a last wish before he passed away.
Here at Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity we aim to support as many families and individuals as we can, but it is due to your generosity that we are able to provide those little things that are so important.
The Show Goes On….
It had played an important part of Derrick’s life for more than 20 years.
But Derrick Cozens feared that his terminal illness would prevent him from going to the event he loved, one last time. However, nurses caring for 76 year old Derrick came to the rescue to get him and his wife Audrey to the annual Curdridge Show (2014).
For the 2013 show the grandfather of six was able to go on a mobility scooter, but this time it was not possible. Staff at the charity in West End, worked hard to make Derrick’s special day happen, including covering the cost of a private ambulance to get him to the show.
Derrick had been at the hospice for respite care for three weeks and but previously he had received visits at home from our community care team.
The couple, from Boorley Green, near Botley, had been attending the Show for more than two decades, and Derrick, who worked as a market gardener for many years in Warsash, had won awards for his wine.
Derrick made the wine in his spare time from plums in his orchard and won numerous first and second prizes in his category over the years. Six years ago he won the silver plate for best wine in show.
Audrey worked with a friend to enter one of his wines for the 2014 show on Derrick’s behalf.
“This was Derrick’s last opportunity. Everybody we knew were going to be there and we had been part of the show for many years,” said Audrey, 74.
Derek said “It would be disappointing not to go. Winning isn’t the be all and end all. I like being part of it. It means a lot to me.”
Audrey said that she wanted to thank everyone who had been involved in getting Derrick to the show, particularly the hospice and Community Nurse Specialist, Helen Langhorn.
We very much appreciate Audrey and her family allowing us to share this story with you. Thank you