SADLY my husband Roy died recently and for the last two weeks of his life he was given a care package by the NHS to help me to care for him.

My grateful thanks go to this dedicated team who cared for Roy with tenderness and dignity and who were there for me when I most needed them.

The district nurses along with the palliative nurses were so patient, caring and cheerful, the paramedics who arrived promptly and left no stone unturned with their numerous tests and made sure he had the very best attention.

My thanks must also go to Gail and her team at True Care who came night and morning to make sure Roy was comfortable and their sense of humour, along with Roy’s, was like a breath of fresh air.

Without all these wonderful, dedicated people I could not have coped with what was a very stressful situation and remain cheerful.

Roy’s last three days were spent at St. John’s Hospice - his wish, and the staff and carers were truly amazing. The atmosphere was peaceful and calm and we were surrounded by beautiful gardens.

So much is said about our NHS but I have nothing but admiration for these people who have made it their vocation in life.

This virus has made us all realise how much we rely on our health service and we must never forget this or take it for granted.

Jean Fry