Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Be part of something special and join us for our 2017 Lights of Love commemorations, to remember and celebrate the lives of your loved ones.
This year our Lights of Love tree will be switched on by Alisha Bowell.
Her story really highlights how, with your support, we help the whole family to cope when facing life-limiting illness.
"Six years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer at just 24 years old. I had a lot of anger and resentment when I was diagnosed and during my treatment, but I was referred by Mount Vernon Hospital to Peace Hospice Care's meditation group. I went to the weekly sessions for a few months and they really helped me to let go of those negative feelings and come to terms with my illness.
"My dad, Alvin, was a really positive person and, throughout my illness, he encouraged me to be positive too. He was my rock and I will never forget the day he told me he wished he could take my illness from me. He said he had lived his life and would do anything so I could live mine.
"After six months of chemo and three operations I was clear of cancer – and I still am today. But soon after hearing the good news, we found out that my dad had terminal cancer.
"It was devastating and so tough for my mum and brothers, having to see us both go through treatment.
"Dad was so brave and fought really hard but, after an 18 month battle, he passed away. He was only 59.
"The Hospice was so lovely and comforting for dad and our family. The staff were so understanding and accommodating to all of us. It was a sad, vulnerable and sensitive time for all of us, but the care and support given was amazing. My mum received counselling at the Hospice as well.
"I feel very strongly about raising money for the cause that has helped my family and me through a difficult time. I feel blessed to still be here to continue in dad's memory, and make him proud.”
find out more about Lights of Love please click here.