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Light up a Life

in memory of someone special


An invitation from Ed Spalding

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 dear to you. 

Light up a Life is one of the most important events in our Hospice calendar. I have been nursing here for over 30 years and, in that time, I’ve come to understand how essential it is for us to have this annual gathering; to join together with others from the local community to share our love for those no longer with us. My invitation also extends to those not cared for by the Hospice.

I have cared for many patients on our wards. I fondly remember one special lady who loved to be pampered. Having access to the jacuzzi bath meant she could enjoy a moment of calm in the bubbles. She would share stories of her life and we would laugh together reflecting on moments that brought her happiness. In our day therapy centre, I would care for those coping with the realities of living with a life-limiting illness – patients young and old, from all walks of life, listening to their journeys and understanding their challenges. It has been such a privilege to get to know and support my patients and their families during such a crucial time. 

The service held at the Hospice and led by our chaplain Rev. Keith Morrison includes readings, carols, and prayers, and provides an opportunity to reflect on your own special memories. Our spectacular ‘Light up a Life’ tree will be lit up as part of the service and will shine brightly throughout the festive season, marking the start of Christmas at the Hospice. 

If you would consider making a donation to commemorate the memory of your loved one and to support the work of my colleagues. I hope you take great comfort from knowing your donation will help other families to receive hospice care over the festive season. These vital services delivered 365 days a year are provided free of charge from the Hospice in Shelford Bottom, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and across the county via our Arthur Rank Community Team. 

This is only possible because of the generous and essential donations we receive from people just like you.

I enclose a memory star, which I hope you will use to write a personal message and return it to us, so it can be displayed alongside hundreds of others in the Hospice. 

I hope to see you at our special remembrance service Light up a Life, on Sunday 2 December at 5pm; however, if you are unable to join us or don’t feel this occasion is for you, please be assured that we will be thinking of all our patients past and present.

Best wishes

Ed Spalding 

P.S. If you would like to dedicate a light in memory this year, please complete the name(s) of your loved one(s) on the form and send it back to us along with your ‘celebration star’ and donation by 21 November.

Ed Spalding

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For those who have not attended Light up a Life previously or if you would like a reminder of the special evening, here is short video: