An invitation from Ed Spalding
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 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.
We have now held a special service at the Hospice on 2 December which was led by our chaplain Rev. Keith Morrison and included readings, carols, and prayers, and provides an opportunity to reflect on your own special memories. Our spectacular ‘Light up a Life’ tree was 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.
Memory stars are available to write a personal message on and return it to us, so it can be displayed alongside hundreds of others in the Hospice Bistro.
Our commemorative booklet which holds the names of all of those remembered this year will be posted out to you, and includes the songs, carols and poems shared at our service on 2 December, this will be posted to you along with a remembrance brooch.
We hope you will enjoy visiting our dedication tree, but 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.