This year St Barnabas marks 35 years of providing care and comfort to thousands of families in our local community. To mark the occasion there will be a special birthday ball to raise funds.
On Saturday 14th October, St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting their annual ball at Double Tree by Hilton in Lincoln. The aim is to raise funds to help deliver free, compassionate end-of-life care and support to patients and their families and carers.
These funds help St Barnabas to be there for families, and will ensure that they are able to spend as much time together as possible – just like Linda and Joe.
Linda and Joe had been married for 15 years and were proud parents to their much-loved three-year-old son, Bobby. Tragically, their family life was thrown into turmoil when, at just 47-years-old, Joe was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“At first it was very surreal and I found it difficult to comprehend a life without Joe. He reacted in the only way Joe knew how. He was calm and methodical, and began planning for what he wanted to happen at the end. Above all else, staying together as a family was the most important thing for us all.
“St Barnabas was able to step in and provide the care at home, allowing Joe to make precious memories and spend his final days with Bobby and I.
“The nurses became like part of the family and they understood the importance of family. In his final days, Joe found real comfort in knowing that St Barnabas would continue to care for Bobby and I, long after he was gone.”
St Barnabas hopes to raise funds in excess of £20,000 at the Hearts of Gold Birthday Ball. Tickets to this special occasion are selling fast and there is only limited time left to book. Tickets cost £55 each or £520 for a table of 10.
The evening includes a delicious three-course meal, entertainment by renowned premier function band – The Stolen Fridays. Guests have the opportunity to hedge their bets in the casino, plus there will be a fantastic raffle and auction.
Veronica McBain, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, said:
“Every day our nurses meet families at the most vulnerable time of their lives. They are struggling to come to terms with the impact of a terminal diagnosis, preparing for an uncertain future and wading through a sea of emotions.
“It costs £1,680 per week for a Hospice at Home nurse to deliver hands on care and support and helps St Barnabas to be there for families like Joe’”.