Sue Marven's Interview Summary
Sue remembers the fields and old farmhouse before the hospice came into being when she used to cycle from her home in Milton Keynes Village so she watched the initially hospice being built. Sue became aware of the work of Willen when a friend passed away and so she joined the Friends of Willen and got involved with fundraising selling items at fetes. She also helped set up the Facebook page to promote the hospice. She stopped being a `Friend’ when both her parents were ill and it disbanded soon after. She then experienced Willen from another prospective. Initially her mother was helped by Willen whilst still in her home and it was `Willen at Home’ who arranged to have her mother transferred to the hospice when the time came. Sue has fond memories of Christmas Eve at the hospice which she and her family celebrated with some friends when they both found themselves in a similar situation. Sue found the staff at Willen very caring and supportive. After her mother’s death Sue has taken comfort from visiting The Tree of Life and sponsors a leaf in memory of her mother who was also a volunteer in the early 1990’s.