“Light Up A Life means our loved ones are always part of our Christmas celebrations”
By Lynda Reid, Light Up A Life Supporter
My Mum has been a supporter of the Hospice for many years as my Granny passed away in the Hospice on 22 December 1982. Mum has taken part in the raffles, donated to and bought from the shops, made regular donations and supported the Light Up A Life appeal.
On 12 January 2009, my Dad was admitted to the Hospice. He had been suffering with cancer for 18 months and unfortunately he deteriorated quite rapidly, so his GP recommended he be admitted to the Hospice. We were unsure if Dad was aware that he was in the Hospice, but the care he received from the staff was second to none and we have no doubt that his final days we comfortable and pain free.
Sadly Dad passed away on 15 January 2009.
On the day my Dad passed away, it was also the official opening of the Columba Room and we were invited to be part of it. My Mum didn’t want to leave my Dad’s bedside, so a nurse kindly offered to sit with him to allow us to attend the ceremony. It just showed to us how passionate the wonderful staff members are about their job and the care that they provide to their patients.
“Grunda would have been very proud”
Each year we support the Light Up A Life appeal because every penny raised goes directly to the Hospice to allow them to continue providing the best care and support possible to patients and families, like the care that my Dad, my Granny and our family received.
Over the past few years we have also done various fundraising activities to raise funds for the Hospice. Our most recent activity was on 18 September 2015 when Megan and myself walked 11 miles from Prestonpans to St Columba’s Hospice, raising a fantastic amount of money. Megan came up with the idea that she wanted to raise money for the people who had helped her Grunda and that we should walk from the place he was born to the place where he passed away. The walk itself was a great challenge, especially for Megan who was only 11 at the time, and we were both sure that her Grunda would have been very proud.
The Light Up A Life appeal means a lot to our family as it is our way of remembering loved ones we have lost over the years, especially my Dad – it means our loved ones are always part of our Christmas celebrations.
Over the years, we have seen the Tree of Remembrance many times on our festive trips to Edinburgh and this year will be our first year attending the Light Up A Life event. It will be extra special as my daughter Megan will be switching on the lights on the Tree of Remembrance.