A real superstar, Jonah from Market Rasen raised an incredible £333 for St Barnabas by making Christmas baubles in memory of his aunt Natalie Watson, or as Jonah calls her, Auntie NatNat.
Jonah says: “I started making baubles about a month ago with her name on and family and friends bought them, they are very excited to have them in their Christmas trees. Auntie NatNat loved Christmas and so do I, we have four trees in our house and baubles with her name on!
“I always had fun with her, we used to dance together and she always smiled. I’m very proud and happy that people like the baubles and that I can help St Barnabas by giving this money. I wanted to raise £100 but I got £333, and now I want to raise even more by doing other things!”
Jonah also wrote a special letter thanking St Barnabas doctors and nurses for looking after Natalie, who sadly died of brain cancer on 9th July of this year at the age of 34.
The letter has been given to nurse Emma Rogers, one of the clinical staff that cared for Natalie. She was delighted and honoured to be able to share the letter with her whole team.
Emma says: “I am privileged to have cared for Natalie in her last phase of life. The family were amazing and always at her bedside, it really was beautiful to see.”
Natalie worked as an end-of-life care coordinator for St Barnabas Hospice, and her colleagues are feeling the loss keenly this holiday season.
Julie Bishop, PCCC Clinical Lead Nurse comments: “We really miss Nat in our team, she was the life and soul of the party. She was always really family orientated and we have been smiling to ourselves recently as she would always be the first to have put her Christmas tree up!
“A huge thank you to Jonah for raising so much money for us, it is really a fantastic achievement, and the baubles are so lovely.”
Natalie’s sister Becky says: “Natalie was so special, really the most caring, loving and giving person, and she adored her three children. There was a constant stream of family members and friends visiting Natalie while she was cared for at home, and nurse Emma went out of her way to check in with her and the whole family.
“I hope all the St Barnabas staff know truly know how special they are, their care made a massive difference to Natalie and to all of us who love and miss her so much.”
St Barnabas Hospice is the leading charity in Lincolnshire providing palliative and end-of-life care to adults living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. Donations are vital for the charity to continue to offer free care to patients and their families across the county.
Each year St Barnabas need to raise around £6.3 million to continue providing their services to the local community. If you would like to make a donation to support St Barnabas, please visit: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/donate