Relatives room was like a ‘little haven’ for children at Myton Hospice

Sienna, Emma and Jack Mac in one of the Warwick Myton Hospice's relatives' rooms.
Sienna, Emma and Jack Mac in one of the Warwick Myton Hospice's relatives' rooms.

Supporting Leamington Spa Rotary Clubs Trees of Light campaign this Christmas will help Myton Hospices’ patients be able to spend more time with their families in their final days.

Donations to the charity helped to pay for new relatives’ rooms at the Warwick Hospice which were first used by the Mac family.

Children Sienna and Jack were able to play, watch television and do their homework while their mother Emma was by their father Michael’s side.

Mrs Mac described the accommodation as a “little haven away from the reality of it all” and “a bit of respite” for her children.

Mr Mac, 52 and a former British show jumping chairman, came to the hospice after his wife started to struggle to care for him at home.

Mrs Mac said: “The minute we got to Myton we knew it was right.

“At home I was stressed and worried all the time about how to keep Michael out of sickness and pain and how to protect the children from seeing too much.

“Michael did not want me to leave his side so without having to ask the nurses moved us to a bigger room with space for me to stay.”

Mr Mac died shortly after his family shared their story.

They will receive support from Myton for as long as they need it.

The trees of light are shining outside Leamington town hall and St Margaret’s church in Whitnash.

The lights will shine throughout Christmas and the new year.

People can make donations and dedicate a light to a loved one by using the coupon provided or going online.

The names of those remembered will be displayed at the Royal Priors, outside Leamington town hall, St Margaret’s church and at Whitnash library.

For more information and to make a donation to the cause visit www.mytonhospice.org/treeoflight