For many people across the world, the light of a single candle or lantern in one’s window is a beacon of welcoming hospitality and shelter for any who pass. In this spirit of community, ubu hosted today a beautiful lantern lighting party, inviting guests in from the frosty weather for an hour of laughter, music, arts, craft’s and warming treats. Elves Karen Baker, Nicholas Southwood, and Gilvray Croudson laid out a wonderful spread of dark chocolate pannetone and flavoured coffees for all to share. The rooms were filled with happy guests swapping Christmas jokes and stories as they decorated paper lanterns together. Each lantern will now light their own windows, welcoming friends and neighbours during the holiday season.
The activity was especially poignant as ubu celebrated the work of two local charities whose mission is to provide welcome respite for those dealing with life-threatening illness and end-of-life care.
Candlelighters in Leeds is a charity formed and run by parents of children who have or have had cancer, ex-patients and the medical staff who treat them. Candlelighters provides essential services and support to children with cancer and their families, from comfy beds for family members in a child’s hospital room to art therapy and play rooms to escape the stresses of treatment. Every family is allocated a social worker, who is there to provide advice on a wide range of issues, from coping with the emotional demands of treatment to resolving financial difficulties. The work of Candlelighters is made possible exclusively from donations and a volunteer workforce, and so ubu’s contribution will go far in helping their work.
St. Gemma’s is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England. It’s a friendly, warm and safe place at the heart of the local community with a large range of expert services to support patients, their families and friends. The needs of people living with a terminal illness and those close to them are met with care, compassion, respect, and skill. The hospice runs two in-patient wards, serving 32 patients with round-the clock care, day services, therapy sessions, and bereavement counselling for families. It costs £24,000 per day to run the whole support service. Without donations from businesses and individuals, St. Gemma’s could not provide such high quality palliative care for 1700+ patients.
Another wonderful day to rejoice, celebrate and give thanks to the charities who are continually providing care, support and an incredible service to those most vulnerable around us.
To learn more about Candlelighters and how you can help children with cancer, visit their website at http://www.candlelighters.org.uk/
And to learn more about the wonderful work of St. Gemma’s Hospice Nurses, visit http://www.st-gemma.co.uk