Natalie sheds light on a memorable night in store and maybe tears
By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, November 30, 2012, 09:00
THE daughter of a Walsall woman who spent her final days of life at St Giles Walsall Hospice is calling on Advertiser readers to join her in a memorial service.
Natalie and family friend Helen Griffiths meet St Giles Walsall Hospice fundraiser Sharon White. In the foreground is a photo of Natalie's late mum Margaret, who will be remembered next weekend.
Natalie Hustin, 29, will be taking part in this year's Light up a Life service in memory of her mum Margaret.
Diagnosed with renal cancer in February last year, the disease had spread through Margaret's body by the September.
She was admitted to the hospice last November, where she spent five days until sadly passing away on November 22.
Natalie said: "The St Giles team gave mum so much caring support and attention – she never had to wait for anything and was always made as comfortable as possible.
"All her family and friends were welcome at the hospice right through the whole five days, and even after mum passed away the hospice was willing to help everyone come to terms with the situation.
"For me, Light up a Life is one more way that the hospice is there to care for our community. It gives us a way to remember our loved ones at Christmas with lots of other people in similar situations. It means you don't have to feel alone with your thoughts."
Light up a Life next weekend will see those who have lost their loved ones donating a light in commemoration of their life. Their name will also be added to a special Book of Memories.
Natalie is hoping this poignant event will give readers a reminder of both the hospice's importance to this community and the need to back Helen's Appeal.
The ground-breaking appeal, now in its 16th week, aims to raise £10,000 to fund six months' work of nurse Helen Simkins.
Natalie added: "Both Light up a Life and Helen's Appeal bring together people who have the hospice in their hearts. I have been close to St Giles ever since my first day volunteering there, and the connection is now even stronger after seeing the way their nurses cared for my mum.
"I hope people realise how valuable the hospice is to the community and I would love to see Advertiser readers showing this by backing Helen's Appeal at such a special time of year for St Giles."
The Walsall Light up a Life service will take place next Saturday, December 8, at 8pm in Aldridge Shopping Centre.
Readers with loved ones they would like to remember at this year's event should call 01543 432538 to find out more.