Meet the inseparable best friends who met at St Michael’s Hospice

'We just hit it off straight away...'

St Michael’s Hospice is a place where friends are made.

Volunteer gardener Tony Protheroe (pictured right) only met David Scotford, who attends one of our Day Services groups, in March.

Almost immediately, the pair become inseparable best friends, united by their love of fishing.

‘I took to Tony straight away, and not because of the fishing at first,’ said David, who is 81 and registered blind having begun to lose his sight back in 1966. ‘It was because I recognised his Welsh accent. I knew then that he was a good ‘un.’

Tony has been visiting St Michael’s to help create a vegetable garden for the patients. Since meeting David he has even brought him a little gift – a specially-made fishing float.

‘I first met David when he was filling up pots with soil,’ said Tony, whose sister, Anne Shoring, has spent time as a patient at St Michael’s.

‘I happened to mention fishing and that was it. We just hit it off straight away.’

David says he has also made a number of other friends while at St Michael’s.