Nurses helping to make Christmas extra special
Rennie Grove Hospice Care staff working before enjoying family time
Clinical Nurse Specialist Marina Hizirogullari said: “Working over Christmas is a special time. For some of our patients and their families it can be a mixture of feelings, and they want to make it extra special. If we can help by providing support and comfort, then we have contributed to that.
“Unfortunately this time of year can also be a lonely time, so we try and have an awareness of patients who may be on their own over the long weekend, and make sure we keep in touch with them. Our model of care is holistic, and supporting someone emotionally is equally as important as physical care.
“My children will get their stockings and presents before my shift starts, and we have our family Christmas Day a few days later when I am off duty.
“They are too small to understand my job, but they know mummy looks after people – they don’t mind that Christmas goes on for a few extra days in our house!”
Rennie Grove Hospice at Home nurses work on a shift pattern to ensure that responsive, round-theclock care is available to the hundreds of patients on their caseload at any one time.
Being available to visit patients at home at any time of the day or night allows them to deal with symptoms and manage patients’ pain as soon as their condition deteriorates.
This, combined with support and reassurance for the family whenever needed, can make the difference between a patient staying at home and having to be admitted to hospital.
Director of nursing and clinical services at Rennie Grove Sue Varvel added: “No-one wants to spend Christmas on a hospital ward if they can help it.
“Sometimes it’s unavoidable but with the support of the local community we are privileged to be able to support the vast majority of our patients to spend Christmas in their own home.
“Sadly, for some of our patients, this could be their last Christmas and so it is particularly poignant for all the family to share this special time together in an atmosphere of security and love.
“I know our nurses feel it is a privilege to be trusted to make this happen and they never begrudge a missed Christmas dinner because they have been able to make a difference at the most difficult time in a person’s life.”
To donate to Rennie Grove’s Christmas appeal, which aims to ensure more families have the chance to be at home together at Christmas, visit www. renniegrove.org/donate. FAMILIES got messy at a church’s final monthly fun event of the year.
The final Messy Church of the year was held earlier this month at Emmanuel Church in Broad Street, Chesham.
In typical Messy Church style it was a mix of fun, mess, chatting, singing, laughter and reflection; focused on a time to pause and think about Jesus as the true light of the world.
There was a short Christingle service that the children all enjoyed.
Light was the theme for this month’s Messy Church and the enormous Christingle at the front of church had to be seen to be believed.
As usual the session started at 4pm with crafts and activities around the theme, including making candle holders, Christmas tree baubles with short prayers written on and making the individual Christingles to be used later on.
The usual bouncy castle and messy games were also very popular.
Everyone then went into the church where Emmanuel’s vicar John Shepherd explained more about the meaning of the Christingle.
The parishioners then all stood in the dark in a circle with their candles lit and sang some carols. After the short service attendees enjoyed a tea of tomato pasta followed by dessert.
Sally Cooper who runs the event said: “It was a great way to end the Messy Church year, which has now been going for four years at Emmanuel.
“We always enjoy welcoming loads of faces each month – young and old; ones who have been before and brand new ones too!”
The next Messy Church will take place on January 16 from 4pm to 5.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and the event is free.
Youngsters enjoyed making Christingles at the final Messy Church of the
year at Emmanuel Church