Barnsley cancer patient calls for people to remember hospice this Christmas

18 December 2017

A father with incurable cancer is calling on people to remember Barnsley Hospice this Christmas by supporting its Comfort and Care campaign.

David Tattershall, 47, lives in Monk Bretton and was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in March this year. He is backing the hospice’s appeal to raise £200,000 to refurbish its in-patient bedrooms, after he was referred for a one-week stay to help manage his pain in November.

David, who has three children, said: “The diagnosis was a bolt from the blue, and I very quickly discovered the cancer had spread to my liver, lymph nodes and stomach. The pain became all-encompassing but when it was suggested to me that a stay in the hospice could help I initially thought ‘no way, that’s where people go to die.’

“I could not have been more wrong though. Within a couple of hours my pain was under control, and I was made to feel comfortable and reassured. All my questions were answered and I could tell the staff genuinely cared. My family could come and go whenever they wanted and even my dog was allowed to visit.

“My stay at the hospice completely turned me around and if the money raised through the Comfort and Care campaign could make it even more comfortable for other people, that would be incredible.”

The Comfort and Care campaign was launched by the hospice last month and aims to raise £200,000 to refurbish the inpatient bedrooms to a luxury standard. The planned improvements will include new specialist beds, furniture, flooring and décor, and will help patients and their families feel more comfortable and relaxed during their stay - whilst also providing a peaceful and homely environment.

Over £41,000 has been raised so far, through community fundraising, corporate donations and grant-making charitable trusts.

David added: “I used to think Barnsley Hospice was just a place people went to die, but they have taught me to live - which is why I’m getting behind this appeal. It’s an incredible place, it really is.”

Staff and volunteers at Barnsley Hospice will be caring for patients throughout the Christmas period, helping them enjoy time with family and friends during their stay.

To donate to the Comfort and Care campaign please click here.

Barnsley Hospice provides specialist care for anyone in the borough with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. As well as ten beds for inpatient care, it also provides support through its day therapy unit and offers counselling and complementary therapies to many of its patients and carers.

Notes to Editors

Attached photograph shows David Tattershall.

A video of David talking about why he is supporting the Comfort and Care campaign can be accessed here. The original video file can be provided on request.

£41,105 has been raised so far towards the Comfort and Care campaign, which includes both online and offline donations.

In addition to the £200,000 fundraising target, The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the Bradford-based supermarket, has pledged to fund a further £300,000 towards the project.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL. It has been providing care for people in Barnsley with life limiting illnesses, and their families, since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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