Rotherham Hospice: Joe’s Story

by | 1 July 2022 | Local Charity, Rotherham

“When we started Right Choice Mortgages back in 2018, we knew we wanted to help a local charity. Rotherham Hospice was always going to be the place.”

In four years since they began their journey, Right Choice Mortgages have raised over £12,000 for Rotherham Hospice. What’s more, they’ve donated Easter Eggs, Joe’s sister Holly surprised the Hospice by arriving with ice lollies during a summer heatwave, they’ve helped to promote events, and they’ve even donated two Rotherham United season tickets to patients and families! Their support over the past few years has been invaluable.

Joe, Right Choice Mortgages’ Managing Director, first came into contact with the Hospice back in 1998 at the age of 10 when his dad, Norman, was looked after following his cancer diagnosis. Norman was one of the first patients to use the inpatient facility and even appeared in the local paper with his MacMillan nurse Karen.

Norman sadly passed away in 1999.

In the years that followed, Joe’s mum and sisters raised money for the Hospice and took part in the annual Lights of Love appeal every Christmas. In 2008 tragedy struck again as Joe’s mum Geraldine was diagnosed with cancer.

Geraldine was cared for by Rotherham Hospice, staying in the Edelweiss Room. The room overlooks Herringthorpe playing fields, which Joe remembers with fondness along with the time spent at the Hospice.

“If you’re going to go anywhere at the end of life, this is the place you’d want to go.”

The café at the Hospice also holds a spot in Joe’s memory of that time – especially for the burritos – his Mum rang him to tell him about how lovely they were. And none of it, from the inpatient unit to the café and beyond, could be possible without the wonderful volunteers.

“When you find out so many people who work at the Hospice are volunteers, it’s just amazing. They’d often sit with Mum and just natter. It’s lovely to know that when I was working, there’s someone there to keep Mum company, so she was not alone.”
In the years that have passed, Right Choice Mortgages have been busy challenging themselves by taking part in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge and conquering it in under 12 hours.

Joe finishes by summarising his experience of Rotherham Hospice over the years. “We’re so lucky to have something like this on our doorstep. It isn’t something that should be taken for granted – ever.”

For their kind words, and their spectacular fundraising over the years that continues to allow the Hospice to provide our services across Rotherham, even in the most challenging of times, the Hospice thanks Joe and Right Choice Mortgages, and looks forward to seeing them at events in the future.

If you are interested in raising money for Rotherham Hospice, it’s now easier than ever to do so. Get sponsored for an event and visit www.justgiving.com/rotherhamhospice. Spread the word on social media, tagging the Hospice when you do. Finally, if you shop on Amazon why not choose Rotherham Hospice as your chosen charity? Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to the charity at no further cost to you – a win-win!

There are many ways to get involved with volunteering at Rotherham Hospice, including in the shop, at events, with gardening, on the reception and more. If you are interested, email volunteering@rotherhamhosepice.org.uk or call 01709 308900.

Get involved in an upcoming Rotherham Hospice event

  • Saturday 2nd July: Snowdon by Sunrise – a sponsored night time walk up Mount Snowdon so you can experience a stunning sunrise at the peak.
  • Friday 22nd July: Wing Walk – a sponsored wing walk for the daredevil in you. Get comfy on the wing of a plane for the ride of a lifetime!
  • Saturday 17th September, 2.00pm to 4.00pm: Sunflower Garden Party in the Rotherham Hospice Garden. Free entry – go along and enjoy live music, stalls, food and more.
  • Saturday 8th October: Skydive – a sponsored tandem skydive that you’ll never forget!
  • Monday 7th November: Fire Walk at Rotherham Golf Club. Keep your toes toasty with the Hospice’s sponsored Fire Walk!

Full details at www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk/support-us/fundraising/events-diary/.