Hundreds of people across the East Midlands celebrated the lives of their loved ones in December by sponsoring a festive light on the Trees of Light at City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC). Run by Nottingham Hospitals Charity, the annual Lights to Celebrate campaign invites people to dedicate a light in memory of a friend or family member who has passed away, or whose life they would like to celebrate.
The latest Lights to Celebrate campaign has raised £3,410 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s current appeals, as well as individual wards and departments across both hospitals. Each donation is accompanied by a written tribute, which the charity enters into a Book of Life. These Books are kept in the Chapels at City Hospital and QMC, where they can be viewed by appointment until the end of January 2015.
Most of the dedications made through Lights to Celebrate are in memory of late family and friends. But many people also choose to celebrate the lives of people who have overcome illness or other kinds of adversity. Two such tributes came from Louisa Dennett from Lincoln, who sponsored two lights on the Tree of Light at QMC in honour of her children, Ellie (14) and Kian (11).
Says Louisa: ‘Ellie and Kian have battled different illnesses over the last few years and they’ve both shown incredible bravery and resilience during their treatment. In 2010, Ellie contracted e-coli which caused Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome – a rare but life-threatening condition that caused her kidneys to fail. Thankfully, she made a remarkable recovery after receiving dialysis and other treatment at the Children’s Renal & Urology Unit at QMC.’
Ellie’s brother, Kian, is also a patient at QMC, where the Paediatric Rheumatology team at Nottingham Children’s Hospital have been treating his juvenile arthritis for the last two years. ‘I’m so proud of both my children,’ adds Louisa. ‘Lights to Celebrate offers the perfect opportunity to not only recognise their achievements, but also to thank the staff at Nottingham Children’s Hospital for the fantastic care they provide all year round.’
Although the 2014 Lights to Celebrate campaign has now closed, you can still complete and return a tribute form if you have one. Alternatively, you can donate to any of Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s current appeals, or directly to the ward or department of your choice, by visiting www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk or calling 0115 962 7905. Please also contact the charity if you’d like to make an appointment to view one of the Books of Life.