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Ronnie’s story

Rock ‘n’ roll lover Ronnie McFarlane said he felt ‘at home’ whilst staying on the hospice’s in-patient unit – thanks to being able to bring in one of his beloved guitars to strum if he ever felt bored or stressed.

Ronnie, who had lung cancer, came to the hospice after experiencing problems breathing which had led to panic attacks.

Speaking before his death in December, the dad and granddad from Bamber Bridge, said: “When I came into St Catherine’s I was in quite a bad way – my breathing was atrocious, I couldn’t get my breath and I was in a fair bit of pain.

“But they looked at my medication and adjusted it and it was so much better. Everyone at St Catherine’s is fantastic – they’re very relaxed and don’t put any pressure on you. They let you do your own thing.

“I have always been into music and have played the guitar since I was 16. I love rock ‘n’ roll especially the greats like Buddy Holly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and I also like classical music too. It was great having my guitar with me during my stay.”

Ronnie encouraged people not to be anxious about visiting or staying at a hospice should they or their loved ones ever need it.

He explained: “My daughter Annie works at St Catherine’s in the lymphoedema service at The Woodside Clinic and she told me there was nothing to worry about when coming to stay – but even then I was still a bit nervous, so I can appreciate that people might not like the idea of coming.

“But there really is nothing to be frightened of. Everyone at St Catherine’s is brilliant – the doctors, nurses, housekeepers, everyone. They all go out of their way for you.”