Festival of Light is our annual festive opportunity to remember and celebrate your loved ones by dedicating a light to them with a donation and having their names added to our Book of Remembrance. This is the 20th year that Festival of Light has taken place and we're hoping to make it the biggest and best yet.
Why your support matters
Last year we were able to raise an incredible £50,290 through Festival of Light and this year we hope that you can help us to raise even more to support the work of St Luke's. If you felt able to donate today, we could care for more local patients and families when they need us most.
£27.98 could cover the cost of caring for one patient for 75 minutes in our In Patient Centre.
£54 could pay for a tailored one-on-one session to help a patient manage chronic pain.
£257 could pay for our entire Community Nursing Team for one hour, including rapid response, meaning we can get to our patients as quickly as possible.
Festival of Light - Service of Remembrance
In conunction with Sheffield Cathedral, we decided to postpone the Service of Celebration and Rembembrance scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 10 December owing to the worsening adverse weather forecast.
We know this is a disappointment but we hope to announce a new date in the early New Year for the service to be rescheduled.
We wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and New Year.
For more information please contact Roisin McAteer by email or phone 0114 235 7596.
I want to tell you about my husband, Roger, who died in February; I wanted to do everything I could for him so that when he died, I could have as few regrets as possible – and St Luke’s helped me to achieve that.
Roger was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002; in 2015, he was told he had terminal bowel cancer. He simply couldn’t face chemotherapy. It sounds strange now, but he saw the cancer as a release from Parkinson’s.
As he became more unwell, his balance went and he became confused and forgetful. It was then that St Luke’s sent Karen to us and she was an absolute joy – so gentle and caring. Karen just talked to Roger about how he felt, sorted his problems with pain, listened to his endless questions about how he was going to die.
I trained as a nurse but honestly, when it’s your own family it’s not always as easy to be as loving and patient as you’d be at work. When Roger was admitted to St Luke’s for the last two weeks of his life, I suddenly became aware that I didn’t have to be a nurse anymore. I could just sit and hold his hand and be his wife. Which was so precious. I told the nurses ‘You’ve given us the space to love him and not worry about how to care for him.’ And they did it with bravery and grace.
When someone’s really poorly, you can’t wish they’d stay like that – you long for them to be free from the pain and distress. When Roger’s time came, our children were all there and my son said to me, ‘Just get on the bed, Mum, get on the bed with him.’ So I did.
He died in my arms surrounded by his family. How amazing and special is that?
It’ll be my first Festival of Light this year – a chance for me and my children and grandchildren to remember Roger, to talk about him together. I hope that you will join us on what I’m sure will be a very special evening.
Festival of Light 2017 is proudly supported by Puckator