Even at one of her lowest moments, Andrea Dunsire was able to credit Mountbatten Hospice with changing her life.

Andrea’s husband, Andy, died in a care home in October 2019, following a three-year battle with a brain tumour.

Andy spent two months at Mountbatten Hospice, based in Southampton, earlier this year after his condition deteriorated.

The couple were both anxious about coming to the hospice but for Andrea, everything changed when they arrived.

“I’d cared for Andy for three years – I gave up work to look after him as he began to lose his mobility.

“May to July was the toughest period both emotionally and physically - I was so drained.

“We arrived at the hospice in the middle of the night but we instantly felt the love and care.

“For the first time in a long time, I could rest knowing Andy was in good hands, everyone was so lovely.”

Andy died on 7 October and by then Andrea had already started receiving support from the hospice’s new psychology and bereavement team, notably social worker Julie Tribble.

“I knew I needed some help, everything that was happening with Andy made me feel like I was being punched all the time,” said Andrea.

“Julie and I had regular meetings and I knew if I needed to talk, she was there for me.

“I could not have asked for anything better – it changed my life.”

Keen to give something back, the couple, who were married for 34 years, asked guests to Andy’s funeral to donate to the hospice, raising around £1,000.

Andrea has also joined the new Mountbatten Hampshire Community Choir and plans to volunteer at the hospice when she is ready.