Over 350 lights shine in memory of loved ones
Over 350 people dedicated lights to shine at St Luke’s Hospice in memory of someone special at the annual Light up a Life event which helped to raise over £15,000.
Over 200 people attended St Luke’s Light up a Life event on Sunday 2 December to remember someone special. Visitors were moved by special musical performances from the Harrow Apollo Male Choir, local musician, Rachelle Goldberg who played the violin. Over 350 people were remembered and a light was dedicated on St Luke’s Hospice tree which shone in memory of all those who had passed away.
Angela Zellar, who spoke at Light up a Life, remembered her father, husband and mother who were all cared for by St Luke’s: “Mum was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer and when her condition deteriorated she was taken into St Luke’s. The relief on my mum’s face when taken into the hospice was something money cannot buy.
The care she received was incredible and the nurses were there for whatever mum needed. The hospice not only helped her but I knew there was no better place for her to be. Mum remained in St Luke’s for a couple of weeks, before she sadly but peacefully took her final breath with all the people she wanted present.
Both my father and husband received the same incredible support whilst under the care of St Luke’s staff and all three passed away over a two year period. Though it is with a heavy heart to have lost my closest family members, it is St Luke’s I have to thank for keeping me strong in what could have been an extremely difficult time. They have made me the person I am today and for that I will be forever in their debt.
Visitors saw their personal dedications displayed in a special tribute area, received a special tribute book and a candle which was switched on at the same time as the hospice lights. Over £15,000 has been raised. This could fund one St Luke’s Hospice In-Patient Unit nurse for 6 months, giving patients and their families the specialist help they need at a difficult time.
There is a rapidly increasing demand for expert end of life care in our community and the on-going support will enable us to continue to provide this care to people in Harrow and Brent.