Together, let’s make this a Summer to Remember!
This summer, Nick is making every moment count, with the people he loves the most. With your support, we can ensure that Nick, and everyone else in our community facing the reality of a terminal illness, has choices when it comes to their care and receives the very best quality palliative care possible.
Supporting our Summer to Remember Appeal Couldn’t be easier
You can make a difference this summer by donating to St Columba’s Hospice. With your gift, we can help families in our community create special memories and make the most of the time they have together, no matter how short. When you make a donation, you’ll have the option to dedicate your bunting to a loved one with a special message.
Simply click on the button below to make your dedication. Your bunting will be on display at our Summer to Remember event in Starbank Park on 19 August (1pm-3pm). We hope you will join us with your family and friends (dogs welcome!) to celebrate our loved ones and enjoy an afternoon of music, entertainment and refreshments with glorious views across the Firth of Forth.
Last year, following a cancer diagnosis, Nick Hayes was referred to St Columba’s Hospice for care and support. When he experienced a deterioration in his health, he was admitted to the hospice and became an inpatient staying on our Pentland ward.
Nick would be the first to admit his journey has not been an easy one, in fact, he openly tells us that he came here expecting to die and, there have been periods of time he has been bed bound and too weak to speak. Nick is well-known as the Director of The Gilmerton Singers and in March, we welcomed over 20 of the choir to surprise him in the ward. The performance was powerful, emotional and uplifting.
Nick was discharged from our service at the beginning of June. Although still under the care of the Hospice, he is now at home and in his words, has “learned to live with his condition and make the most of the time he has with the people he loves the most”.
“The care and support I’ve received from St Columba’s Hospice has been exceptional and hugely beneficial both physically and mentally. I arrived expecting to die from cancer, but I have learned how to live with the condition. I’m now back at home, making every moment count with the people I love the most.“
With your help we can continue to extend our reach across Edinburgh and the Lothians. As well as receiving expert nursing and medical care, the individuals and families we support benefit from counselling and bereavement services and tailored packages of support that suit their needs.
Your support will help us reach even more families and help them make the most of the time they have together.