Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday's Interlude (7)

St. Nicholas Hospice
Image Courtesy: St. Nicholas Hospice
Leaflets available to download from St. Nicholas Hospice
I know it's just a week until Christmas Eve and most of us don't want to think about anything except our joyful celebrations coming up but... the St. Nicholas Charity that I am highlighting this week, St. Nicholas Hospice, forces us to remember that there are a great deal of hurting people in the world, people who might not have loved ones with them this year or who know that most likely, they won't be celebrating the following Christmas with a loved one... 
Well, in one lovely corner of England - West Suffolk and Thetford - there is a beautiful organization of people - neighbors - whose aim is to not only to offer comfort and hands-on help to those who are facing life's ultimate challenge - the end of physical life on earth - but to help their loved ones as well. This isn't something offered to the community only at Christmas time but following in the spirit of St. Nicholas's life - all year long!
Image Courtesy: St. Nicholas Hospice
St. Nicholas Hospice Ward Staff
(Photo: by Student Emillie Ferris)
The range of help offered by this organization is beautiful. For instance, in the new, Neighbours Scheme, a volunteer - a neighbor - will come to a family's home and do something as simple, but loving, as walk a dog, mow a lawn, or deliver medication. I remember when my son was very sick many years ago, just wishing I had the privilege - yes, I said privilege! - to just go to the sink and wash my dishes. Thankfully a neighbor came in and helped me there or else I think that sink full of dishes would have been the proverbial straw that would have done me in - not the nights spent in the hospital but the dishes in the sink! The little, but vital, day to day activities can often be the ones that overwhelm when one is sick or a loved one is. St. Nicholas Hospice makes sure a neighbor, one hitherto a stranger even, is on hand! Honestly, to have St. Nicholas Hospice spread to all communities around the world would make for a much better world. 

Hospice Neighbours Scheme
Image Courtesy: St.Nicholas Hospice
This lovely organization is most definitely something that would make Nicholas of Myra - who was a good neighbor to all - very happy!
Please take a moment to visit their beautiful website.

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Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

It's lovely people like these who really get the meaning of "Christmas all year long!" I'm sure St. Nick is smiling down at them :)

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

What a wonderful organization!! And how truly needed it is!

We are still around by the way. Seth just has to go back and forth to his dad's.

He is starting chapter 5 today!

Pat said...

Wonderful work done by the Hospice xx

That corgi :) said...

It sounds like a wonderful organization; one of the things I pray for people who are going through tough times of sickness/illness is that there will be people that come in and help them with simple chores like dishes, etc. Good this hospice provides such services; thanks for highlighting it!


Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this awesome group of giving souls...St. Nicholas would be so proud.

Ann said...

What a wonderful organization that is. Great way to keep the spirit of Christmas going all year long too.

Zuzana said...

What an enchanting organization.;))
Have a lovely weekend,

Cindy Adkins said...

What truly caring souls...and it is such an important job...
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

Heartfire At Home said...

I so admire and simply am awestruck by the wonderful work people like these do. We have an amazing Hospice here in Ballarat where I live, and I can't say enough about the support and loving care they give families and their loved ones. Truly gifted people.

Linda. xxx

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful message and beautiful hearts of care! Thanks for sharing Ann!

Christmas blessings to you friend!

Gail said...

The hearts and spirits of those amazing folks is humbling beyond expression. Hospice is a gift to so many at such a delicate time of needed comfort and love and peace. Amen

Love Gail
peace and gratitude and hope

BeadedTail said...

Such a wonderful organization spreading the spirit of Christmas to many throughout the year! Sounds like a very special place that is doing a big part in making the world a much better place one loved one and family at a time!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ann
Thank you for sharing these Angels that walk the earth with one thing in mind.. Their work is much needed and most appreciated.
You are such a kind soul..
Wishing you a blessed Christmas.
With loving thoughts

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Ann,

What a crazy Saturday I had; I worked so hard on my Nowhere post and hardly anyone is around....I was so tired yesterday that I just wept. I guess people are really too busy to visit, as I found myself just unable to visit everyone. I think that you will enjoy Ruben's new post that I linked to mine....come over when you get a chance in the midst of this very busy time!

Blessings, Anita

Madi and Mom said...

Morning Ann
What a wonderful organization at St. Nicholas Hospice. I love the picture of staff.
Happy Sunday,
Madi and Mom
PS hugs to Eddie

Gloria said...

Hospice is a blessing to many folks. I have done some private hospice myself, and with one case, found out that even death can be beautiful!

Donna said...

Hospice is wonderful indeed. They were amazing when my Dad was sick, and so kind and caring. I don't know how we could have gone thru such a hard time without them. I think they all deserve to be saints:)!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAREST ANN!!! YOU CAME TO THE THEATRE! Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I love to play...with paper dolls and theatres!!!teeeheheeee...but most of all, tell little silly stories.


La Petite Gallery said...

Hospice is wonderful, a hard job. God Bless and keep you safe and well.
yvonne Merry Christmas from Maine

Natasha said...

I think it's wonderful that you are highlighting this special hospice. This is the perfect time of year to think of others.

I hope that your Christmas week is a special one and that your Christmas day is truly blessed.

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes always,