Nightingale Light up Life
Celebrating Loved Ones
Nightingale House Hospice’s Light up a Life service will be taking place on Sunday 5th December when people can join together to celebrate the lives of loved ones. People taking part can remember loved ones who have passed away and can also raise funds by sponsoring a light on the hospice Christmas tree. We are lighting the tree ahead of the service for the first time during Advent.
Those who donate can also have a loved one’s name entered into a Book of Honour which will be available to view throughout the year at the hospice.
This year’s service at St Giles Parish Church, Wrexham is for everyone and not just for patients and their families.
The Book of Ezri
The Wrexham service takes place at 4.30pm and there will be other services in communities in the region. Those arranged so far will be at St Chad’s Church, Hanmer on Thursday 2 December at 6.30pm; Sant Dunawd Church, Bangor-on-Dee on Sunday 12 December at 4.30pm and St Mary’s Church, Broughton on Thursday 9 December at 6.30pm. More details are available on the hospice website.
To make a dedication and donation, people can complete a form or go online by visiting the Nightingale House Hospice website.
Allison Chippindale, whose friend Ezri passed away as the country entered the first lockdown last year, will be reading her Testimony at the service in Wrexham. Allison compiled a tribute called “The Book of Ezri” in which she wrote: “I spent eight days in Nightingale House with Ezri and her sister from New Zealand before Ezri died.
“Coming from Nottingham, I hadn’t read anything about Nightingale House. However, I knew from hospice experiences with my sister-in-law 10 years ago, and my husband seven years ago, that it would be far better than hospital and very positive, not just for Ezri, but for her friends and family too. The hospice exceeded my high hopes.
Superb Quality of Care
“The quality of care was superb on every level. Kindness, generosity, sensitivity, a complete ‘yes’ culture. Everyone – doctors, nurses, cleaners, chefs, café staff, reception team, gardeners, volunteers – all went the extra mile to support us. We were made to feel part of the team around Ezri, not in the way.
“And as the days passed, the staff and volunteers had to create new procedures for coronavirus. As the outside world reacted to the new shock and the staff’s lives were impacted, in the hospice, all remained calm and peaceful for the benefit of the patients. Remarkable.”
Delyth Underwood from the hospice said: “Everyone at Nightingale House is always extremely grateful to those who dedicate a light in memory of their loved one, but the kindness shown by people since the start of the pandemic has been extraordinary.
“During this time, the need for hospice care continued and still continues. Our team of dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff adapted hospice services as best they could, following Government guidelines, to ensure the continuation of support to patients and their families. The pandemic has naturally had a significant impact on our fundraising activity and donations. However, the need for hospice care will not stop. People’s support is more important now than ever before”
For further information about Light Up A Life events, contact 01978 314 292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Nightingale House Hospice
The hospice provides services for people living in NE Wales and border areas living with a life-limiting illness. They deliver when possible in the location of their choice and always within the resources available to Nightingale House Hospice.
They provide excellent, personal and compassionate care to those in our community and support their families and loved ones.
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Nightingale Light up Life