This Christmas Southern Area Hospice Services reach a milestone as they celebrate 30 years of Hospice Care. 

Over six days we will tell the story of local people who have used the service throughout those 30 years.

Since 1989 the Hospice…Your Hospice… has cared for thousands of patients and their families living across the Southern Trust Area, providing specialist Palliative Care to those with life limiting conditions. 


Helen's Story

Our wonderful daughter Helen was only 33 and the mother of 4 young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2005.  When she was given her diagnosis, she said that she was glad it was her and not her mum or her sister – she said it was sent to her for a reason.  She stayed very positive throughout her operation and tried never to let the treatment get her down, she never moaned or cried about it or said “Why me?”  She still looked after her husband and beloved children throughout her treatment – she was just an amazing woman. 

Around this time Helen first went to the hospice as a Day Care patient – here she received complimentary therapies and manicures and someone to talk to when she needed it.  She really looked forward each week to seeing the good friends she had made there.  On her 36th birthday in July 2007 Helen was admitted to Craigavon Hospital, she was very unwell but refused further treatment.  She wanted no more treatment because she said it was her birthday and she had decided that she did not need it.  We all knew what she really meant was that she was she had found inner peace and had accepted what was to come. 

She left hospital and herself and her husband took the children away for a last holiday together.  But on the morning of the 9th August Helen took ill and was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital.  While there the doctors mentioned going across to the hospice where she would be more comfortable.  Helen readily agreed, she had made good friends with the staff there and really trusted them to look after her.  It sounds strange to say but we had a good two weeks at the hospice with Helen, the whole family spent as much time as possible with her, the staff were so good to Helen and to us – it’s hard to explain how much they helped us all.  We were all with Helen on that Tuesday morning in August as she passed away so peacefully. 

We remain great friends with all those at the hospice and have been volunteering and raising funds for them ever since.  Helen was a huge part of our lives and a great loss to us all we will never be able to repay the hospice for the care and the support they gave us all when we needed it most.

The Jardine Family.

 Light Up A Life

Southern Area Hospice invite you to remember your loved one this Christmas as they celebrate 30 years of Hospice Care… your light will shine down from their tree throughout the Christmas period. 

 To dedicate a Light to a Loved one this Christmas please visit

Or text LIGHTS to 70660 to donate £10. 

By remembering your loved one’s this Christmas you will be helping the Hospice to care for someone else’s, as they look toward their next 30 years.

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