Majella Wright, Staff Nurse at St Barnabas Hospice, took part in last year’s Moonlight Walk Stamford and is taking part again this year in memory of patients she has cared for. Over the four years that Majella has worked for St Barnabas, she has been involved in the care of around 1,700 patients and thousands of friends and family members.
Majella said, “Walking last year was very special as it was the first Moonlight Walk in Stamford and it felt so exciting to be part of a crowd walking through local streets. It was privilege to be part of a mass fundraising event, raising money to support the work that I love to do each day.
“The support we provide to patients and their families could not be achieved without fundraising. We are very privileged to have access to people at this time of their life. People may feel very vulnerable and face lots of fears about what is going to happen as they approach the end of their life. We are available to answer any questions they may have and make the transition from living to death as best as we can. We have one chance to get it right and that is why we strive to do the very best we can every day.
“Working for St Barnabas, there are many different memories that stand out for me. Supporting a family so their loved one can have their preferred place of care and death is very special and being with an individual as they take their last breath is a humbling experience. These moments make me the person that I am, and I learn every day from my experiences of being human, caring, loving and grieving. My job enables me to really appreciate what is important in life.
“St Barnabas is a charity and we rely on the generosity of the public to allow us to continue giving people a choice about where they want to have their care and where they want to die. The Moonlight Walk is a very friendly and visible event. I hope that the more people who join us to walk through Stamford, the more awareness will be raised about our cause and the more money will be raised to help us continue our cause.”
It’s not too late to sign up to this year’s Moonlight Walk Stamford. People aged 11+ can sign up at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/moonlight-walk-stamford-2019.