Kate Devanney and Carol Marley's Interview Summary
Kate was born in 1976 and came to Willen Hospice as a qualified nurse in 2001, left to have her first child and came back again in 2017 and works with the Willen at Home Team and so is community based. She feels she needed to adapt her skills whilst working at the Hospice and loves the homely feel at Willen although enjoys the responsibility of Willen at Home. Kate was inspired by Willen when her grandmother spent some time at the Hospice. Kate loves going to work and helping patients and their relatives and being able to do her absolute best for people.
Carol was born in 1964 and spent time at MK Hospital, then Cynthia Spencer in Northampton and then left to have her family. On returning to work initially in a care home she applied for a job in the Wellbeing Centre dealing with patients attending the day centre. During Covid the Wellbeing Centre closed and Carol worked on the wards. In the Wellbeing Centre the staff organised activities including parties and karaoke. There have also been weddings in the Wellbeing Centre and in the Hospice, with local business donating dresses, flowers and food. Carol described some of the difficulties during Covid and the restrictions that were put in place which patients and relatives found very difficult. Carol is very proud to be able to say she works at Willen.