An invitation from Sheila Roberts...
to join us for an evening of fond remembrance in the grounds of Arthur Rank Hospice at Shelford Bottom.
It is my pleasure to invite you, on behalf of Arthur Rank Hospice to remember with my colleagues and I, the life of someone who was very dear to you. Having worked with a great number of families, I know that many of them will be remembering loved-ones this year and we hope to welcome them to our service.
This has been a very memorable year for me as after 32 years' service, I retired in September. Initially I was employed as a staff nurse on our in-patient ward, and then became Sister, before moving to the community team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.
I cared for my patients in their own homes often surrounded by their loved ones, and home comforts. My role in this much needed service was special because it gave me valuable time to care for those families coping with end of life. Patients old and young, from all walks of life, and at such a crucial time. It has been my privilege to be able to make a difference.
I fondly recollect a young man who was reluctant to receive care from health professionals, so was cared for by his amazing mother and sister. We shared many laughs and tears, and he eventually became ready to trust me, which meant he felt able to accept our care and the support his mother and sister desperately needed.
There is always a special place in my heart for all of my patients, and Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for some. That’s why I think it is wonderful that our Hospice offers a moment of reflection and celebration, together with others like you, at Light up a Life.
The idea of Light up a Life is simple. Hundreds of lights will be displayed upon a tree at the Hospice. Each light celebrating the memory of someone special. Your loved one can be remembered whether or not they were our patient, and irrespective of religion or faith. You are always welcome to visit our tree and once the lights are lit on 3 December they will continue to shine out until twelfth night.
This year we enclose a memory star. We hope that you will write a personal message on it, so it can be displayed alongside hundreds of others in the hospice.
I’m asking you to make a donation and the really extraordinary thing is that the money we raise will help to fund the vital care and work of our Hospice. This will ensure that my colleagues can continue to provide valuable support free of charge, to those living with a life-limiting illness. Thanks to you, others will be able to say their final goodbyes in the familiarity of their own homes or in the warm caring environment of our facilities in Cambridge and Wisbech, supported by my experienced and compassionate colleagues.
I hope to see you at our special remembrance service Light up a Life, on Sunday 3 December at 5pm, however if you are unable to join us or you don't feel this occasion is for you, please be assured that we will be thinking of all of our patients past and present.
Specialist Palliative Care Nurse (Retired September 2017)
P.S. By simply dedicating a star, you will help my colleagues care for countless patients and families, and truly light up their lives.