Andrew's story

Andrew Morrisroe, who was suffering with bronchiectasis and heart failure, was transferred to our Hospice from Pinderfields Hospital for symptom management. He had never been to the Hospice before and like many others was very apprehensive about why he was being moved here.

However, he quickly settled in and was enjoying chats with the nurses. Andrew told us he loved his garden and being outside, but hadn’t been outdoor for nine months apart from being taken to hospital. Our physiotherapist, Suzanne got Andrew outside, so he could enjoy the nice weather and the beautiful garden.

Susanne said: “When Andrew was admitted to our Hospice he lacked purpose. When I found out Andrew loved gardening, I took him out into the garden, and he helped water the plants. As he got stronger he found new ways of helping outside. It was nice to see how he was improving physically. When his family visited him in the Hospice they enjoyed a mini picnic outdoor. “

Andrew is a keen artist and has been the chairman of the Pontefract and Pinderfields Art Club.

Susanne added: “Despite his love of painting, Andrew was not able to relax and he could not concentrate on painting. After a week of being in our care he started painting again.”

Andrew has very kindly donated three of his pictures to help raise funds for the Hospice.

Andrew has gone to a care home but has told us he would be in touch and hoped to come and visit.

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