Loving mother inspires a fundraising legacy
Nasim Khan, 74, who bravely battled pancreatic cancer, spent six weeks on the inpatient unit at Saint Francis Hospice with her family by her side.
And following her death on November 16, a tribute fund was set up and so far almost £6,600 has been raised in her memory - fulfilling one of her last wishes for her family to support the charity.
On Monday (December 19th) her husband Muhammad, along with their sons, Kashif, Wasif, Asim and daughter Sarah returned to the hospice in Havering-atte-Bower to deliver gifts to the doctors and nurses who cared for her.
"We were so grateful to the doctors and staff for everything they did for her and our family at such a difficult and testing time," said Kashif from Ilford. Sarah, Kashif and Wasif with the domestic staff
"This was our first experience of hospice care as we tried our best to look after mum at home but there came a point when the pain was so bad that we couldn't cope on our own.
"Mum was very happy here and it was great to see how well looked after she was.
"The hospice took away some of the stress and allowed us to spend quality time with her."
During their time at the hospice the family also got to learn more about the range of specialist services available and it has inspired them to help in any way they can.
"The care and compassion our mum received had already compelled us to do something but mum also prompted us to support the hospice," said Kashif.
"This is the legacy my mum left behind and it is important to us that we keep it going.
"Saint Francis Hospice is an amazing organisation and no one knows when they might need to use its services.Nasim Khan
"There are so many volunteers at the hospice and they do such a wonderful job and are inspirational people.
"I will definitely be coming back to volunteer at some point and I would encourage other people to get involved in some capacity."
Wasif, Dr Corinna Midgley, Muhammad, Sarah, Kashif and Asim
Dr Corrina Midgley talking with Muhammad