The Henshaw Family

Victoria Henshaw was not only a much loved wife, mother and daughter, but an amazing lady who achieved so much in her life both on a personal and professional level.   A town centre manager turned urban academic, Victoria devoted her life to an aspect of cities that is entirely invisible, but which she was convinced had a huge influence over how we perceive places – namely, their smell.  She achieved the successful publication of her book “Urban Smellscapes”, and had begun preparation of a second book which is now being completed by her colleagues.

In 2014, Victoria received the news that she had cancer.  She was cared for by the Hospice at Home team, before being admitted to the Inpatient Unit on 19th September 2014.  Victoria’s family visited daily and were impressed with the peacefulness of the Hospice surroundings, and the privacy and dignity shown to Victoria. 

Whilst being cared for in the Hospice, Victoria urged her sons Brodie, Alistair and Oliver to take part in the Colour Assault to give something back to the Hospice.  The boys set up an online fundraising page, setting themselves a fundraising target of £300, and asked family and friends to sponsor them.  Imagine their delight when their fundraising reached over £5000!

Sadly, only a few weeks after the Colour Assault, Victoria passed away at home.  We are extremely grateful to the family for their support of Rotherham Hospice and we wish them all the very best for the future.

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