Helen’s support for Light Up a Life 2020
Sunday 29th November 2020
Watch the dedication service from our facebook - www.facebook.com/StVincentsHospice
Helen Turnbull, from Kilbarchan says: “I can’t thank St. Vincent’s Hospice enough for the amazing care they gave to my Mum and Dad this year. All throughout lockdown they were there for us, giving us a lifeline, lightening my caring role and allowing us to spend precious time together. That’s why I’m supporting Light Up a Life 2020.”
We invite everyone to join our most popular, heart-warming event of the year and to take time to remember those special people we have loved and lost. Although it is not possible to hold an actual event at the Hospice this year, a virtual dedication service will be broadcast on Sunday 29 November at 4:30pm from our Facebook page.
Helen says: “St. Vincent’s Hospice cared for my Mum and Dad, Jessie and Matt, when they needed them most. They cared for my family so well and loved us like their own. To have such compassionate people take time to care like this right here in our own community is invaluable.
“Although we really didn’t know much about Hospice care before, I can truly say their incredible support was the turning point for Mum. Jessie loved it at the Hospice and everyone made her feel so happy. When she died peacefully there, we were so grateful for the sensitive, personalised support we received from the team.”
During the height of the pandemic, when patients and families couldn’t come into the Hospice, the team at St. Vincent’s found innovative ways to care while maintaining the highest standards of safety. Our nurses and doctors were welcomed into homes and often stayed beside their patients through the night to give specialist, compassionate care.
Helen continues: “When we heard the news of my Dad’s diagnosis so soon after Mum’s death, we were so upset. By mid-March, when the pandemic restrictions came, we had to shield at home. We never felt alone because the Hospice team kept in touch through regular telephone calls. They also arranged a hospital bed for his house and provided personal care. I can’t thank them enough.”
Brona McGee, Director of Care at St. Vincent’s Hospice says: “The support we received from our local community this year has shone out through all the darkness surrounding us. Your donations and gifts have helped Helen and many other families to experience exceptional care from our team, free of charge. As a local charity, this wonderful care is only possible because of your support. Thank you so much.”
The Light Up a Life campaign will run all throughout the winter. You can dedicate a star in memory of your loved one by visiting our starry night page.