Anne Cassidy, from Wallsend works as a staff nurse in our Day Hospice and is taking part in the Lantern Walk, in memory of both her Mum and Brother, John.
Anne’s Mother stayed on St Oswald’s Inpatient unit in February 1987, not long after we officially opened our doors in July 1986. At the time Anne lived in Scotland but was so impressed with the care her mum received she hoped to one day return to the North East and work at the Hospice. Anne explains:
“The care that my mum received was fantastic so I always hoped to return as a Staff Nurse and be able to repay the Hospice. In May 2002 I successfully joined the Inpatient Ward team and then went on to work in Day Hospice, where I still work one day a week.
“In 2013 my brother, John, also sadly died on the Inpatient Ward. During his stay the Hospice allowed me to care for him, as well as be his sister. This was so important to us both, the fact that I could provide hands on care during John’s last days was extremely special and I’ll never forget that.”
“Even though St Oswald’s has been a big part of my life for such a long time I’ve never taken part in a Fundraising event before. When I heard about the Lantern Walk I knew that at the age of 60 it was going to be my first St Oswald’s event. The fact that it’s in memory of people is very special. I’m really looking forward to seeing the sea of lanterns at dusk, it will be very poignant and emotional.
“I’ll be walking with my brother, Francis, who is travelling down from Edinburgh to take part. We both enjoy walking so we are really looking forward to it. We will never be able to fully repay St Oswald’s for what they have done for us but the Lantern Walk is a special way to remember our Mother and Brother and say thank you to the Hospice.”
If you would like to remember someone by joining our Lantern Walk, you can sign up now. Anyone aged 12 years and over can take part, although under 16’s must be accompanied by a registered adult. You can sign up by completing our form on our website or by calling our team on 0191 246 9123 to secure your place. Adult registration costs £16, and registration for walkers aged 12-15 is £10. Registration fee includes a St Oswald’s t shirt, paper lantern and battery operated tea light.