Why I’m joining Light up a Life

Dr David Waterman, our Medical Director, shares why he's taking part in our Light up a Life appeal this year.

By News Team on November 23, 2020

A child sits on their parent's shoulders to put a light on a tall christmas tree in the Cathedral.

“2020 has been a difficult year for all of us and, as a doctor, I’ve been so proud and privileged to have worked alongside the team at St Ann’s Hospice, providing front line care to people who need it, at what is a very vulnerable time in their lives.

“As everyone from Greater Manchester has had to adapt to the challenges they’ve faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve also had to adapt to ensure we can continue to provide specialist care to local patients and their families. I’ve personally seen the care and empathy that the hospice has provided, despite the requirements of PPE, social distancing and many other guidelines that we’ve had to follow through the pandemic as we support colleagues from the NHS and other health and social care settings.

Whether it's on our wards, or remotely via telephone or video, the connection those we care for have with the hospice – and the connection we all have with each other – has felt more important than ever.

“For those who have faced loss or bereavement during this time, that’s also true. And as we launch our Light up a Life appeal for 2020, we’re asking people to consider joining us to dedicate a light on one of our special Christmas trees, or via our online winter forest in honour of someone special they can’t be with this year.

“We’re also encouraging people to dedicate a light in honour of other losses they have felt this year, whether that’s time lost with family and friends, or occasions that couldn’t be celebrated in lockdown. We’ve probably all experienced some sort feeling of loss this year, and we’re hoping this appeal will give people the opportunity to acknowledge that and look ahead to 2021, whilst also supporting St Ann’s and ensuring our care for local patients can continue.”

You can dedicate a light or find out more now by visiting www.sah.org.uk/light

Thank you to everyone who has supported St Ann’s through this difficult time. We can’t thank you enough.

Light up a Life

Dedicate a light in our online Winter Forest and join our special online service on December 6th to remember a loved one and reflect on this year.

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