Families who use our bereavement support service were treated to a special night of food and entertainment at Nando’s Silverlink, North Tyneside, earlier this month.
Our Bereavement Support Service, part of our Family Support Team, offers support to people whose friend or family member has been diagnosed with an incurable condition, or after the death of a loved one. We support children and adults on a one-to-one basis and in groups.
Nando’s Silverlink chose to support St Oswald’s at the beginning of 2018 following a vote amongst their staff members and have been holding events and fundraising for us throughout the year. This Christmas, they put on a festive night of food and fun, with each staff member generously volunteering their time to work the evening for free. Closing the restaurant early, St Oswald’s had a private dining experience.
Sarah Snel, Assistant Manager, Nando’s Silverlink said:
I’m delighted that the staff chose St Oswald’s to be our charity of the year. We thought about how we could best use our resources to support the Hospice and decided that we could help the families through the festive period by inviting them to enjoy a night of food and fun. We are the first Nando’s in the country to host a night like this and it was so successful, the idea will hopefully be rolled out regionally and then nationally!
Families from our bereavement support service were invited to come along, not only enjoy some delicious food, but also to get together and socialise with other families in a similar situation. A lovely night was enjoyed by all; crackers were pulled, lots of yummy food was eaten, a Christmas quiz was completed and we even rounded off the night with a Christmas singalong!
Beth Gregan, Family and Bereavement Practitioner at St Oswald’s said:
Families always ask if they’re the only ones who feel like they do. When they come together like this, they realise they’re not. Families don’t always know each other so the night at Nando’s was a great way for them to meet each other, socialise and hopefully make friends who really understand.
Natalie Santamera, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:
It was lovely to receive a phone call inviting us for a Christmas meal from Nando’s, it’s not often we get donations like this so it was a truly special experience. It really is great to see our families who use our bereavement support service socialising with each other and having a good time, not having to worry about cooking or anything else. We’re so incredibly grateful to Nando’s for hosting the evening, we can’t thank them enough, it was perfectly executed from start to finish and we look forward to holding similar events in the future.
Find out more about our Bereavement Service.
See a selection of photos from the evening: