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Barclays team volunteer at hospice that cared for their colleague's wife

A team of 24 staff from Barclays Corporate Retail & Wholesale team took time out from their banking duties to support a colleague by spending a day helping at the hospice that cared for his wife. 
Barclays Corporate volunteer day (cropped)

Judith Boamah-Mensah, 37, spent six weeks on the Inpatient Unit at Saint Francis Hospice before she died of stomach cancer in July.    

During that time her devoted husband Kwabena and their two young children David, 7, and Michelle, 4, were able to spend precious time with her on the ward, in the family room and in the beautiful gardens.     

Kwabena, 39, from Dagenham, who works as a Relationship Support Manager at the Canary Wharf Head Office, returnIMG_4749 (2)ed to the hospice on Friday, October 13 with his fellow colleagues to volunteer in the charity's garden, retail outlets and with the fundraising team.     

"It has been emotional coming here today but I wanted to come back to say thank you to Saint Francis Hospice for making my wife's last few weeks very comfortable,"  said Kwabena.    

                                                                Team from Barclays Corporate Retail and Wholesale

"Judith had the best care she could have at that point in time - She had worked as a midwife so she knew what good care was.     

"The hospice was so child friendly and there was a room with toys, which was wonderful as our children could come in and look forward to having a play.     

"And it enabled us to have our best time together as a family because my wife was too unwell to go anywhere else.       

"We also used to take my wife in her wheelchair to see the fish in the pond.    

"In these hard times you need a place like this to come to.     

"It helped my wife and me a lot."    

David and Michelle also received support from a children's bereavement counsellor with the hospice's Family Support Services team. 

"We had a woman who came and talked to the children and they were able to tell her things so we knew how they were feeling and coping," said Kwabena.     

Nicki Gibson, Head of the Support team, added, "Saint Francis Hospice did such a wonderful job in supporting Kwabena and his family at such a difficult time.    

"Coming here today is our small gift to repay the hospice for everything they did and hopefully to make things a bit better for other families going through the same thing."