Our Stories

stories of hospice experiences


Catching the Light

North London Hospice’s patient and carer photography group – Catching The Light – all have one thing in common. A passion for life. “We’re not dead yet! We have a lot of life left to live and a lot of passions,” says founding member Karen.

Family Farewell

Having the opportunity to spend precious time with a loved one for whom time is of the essence is extremely important. North London Hospice was pleased to provide help to a family desperate to ensure father and son were able to meet to say their farewells recently.

A True Inspiration

Meeting Ann-Marie for the first time her warm sunny smile is the first thing you notice, not that she has stage four lymphatic cancer, which is incurable.

Corneal Donation

The start of September saw lots of news and discussion about the importance of organ donors during Organ Donation Week. At North London Hospice we have seen a sizeable increase in corneal donation thanks to a partnership over the last year with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

David Buirski

Our retail drivers help keep the tills in our shops ringing. But do we realise just how important they are to the Hospice and exactly what they do?

Gillian Teacher

Have you ever looked in awe at our Book of Remembrance at North Finchley and pledged to improve your own handwriting? The beautifully crafted pages containing the names of our patients who have passed away is nothing short of a work of art.

Helen Bloom

It all started with a cake stall at the local spring fayre more than 30 years ago. Fast-forward to 2018 and Helen Bloom has not only just celebrated her 80th birthday but also marked a personal milestone of raising £350,000 for North London Hospice.

Joe Attridge

Joe Attridge turned 60 on July 12 and he celebrated the landmark birthday with cake and crisps with patients at the Come and Connect Group at our North Finchley in-patient unit.

Joy Watkins

When we relaunched our Winchmore Hill site as the Health & Wellbeing Centre in March, Joy Watkins captured the essence of what we are striving for.

Sharon Stacey

If you didn’t know, you could be forgiven for thinking Sharon was a member of staff. Perhaps because her profession as a clinical psychologist makes her so approachable and she likes to help. Or perhaps because at a glance she looks just like anyone else

Simon Bard

Simon Bard has been a regular volunteer in our shops for almost five years and counts himself lucky to have met so many wonderful people. You might have seen him if you pop into our North Finchley or occasionally Mill Hill shops.

Tajun Ali

Tajun Ali is the chef and catering manager at North London Hospice in North Finchley. Here she talks about her role and of the important opportunity she and her team have to bring families together in the moment through food.

Peter Dyer

Peter Dyer had many passions. He was a blues and jazz singer and a dog trainer but was perhaps best known across North London for his wedding photography, having captured that special day for thousands of happy couples over the years.

Peri Emirali

When you enter the Health and Wellbeing Centre in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, one of the first smiles that greets you is that of Peri Emirali, one of North London Hospice’s volunteers.

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