SIR - I work as a staff nurse at the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope. I would like to share my experience of what it is like to work in a hospice.

I know many people picture a hospice as a sad place where old people go to die. But this is far from the truth.

The first time I worked at Manorlands was on a student work placement. Once I graduated, I worked in a hospital. But I never forgot my time at the hospice, the special atmosphere and the support of colleagues.

What I like most at Manorlands is the opportunity to give time to patients.

You care for the whole person, taking into account their emotional needs as well as needs of people they love. It’s a holistic approach.

I'll never forget the day we all pulled together to help a young couple get married and managed to organise everything in a matter of hours, as this was their last wish. I knew then I didn’t want to work anywhere else.

Manorlands is recruiting registered nurses. If any readers are nurses, we'd like to invite them in for an informal chat.

Call (01535) 642308.

Jenny Middleton, Sue Ryder staff nurse, Manorlands Hospice