Love is in the air for city hospice


Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

A CARING daughter is looking forward to a St Valentine’s Day treat in aid of a Vale of Clwyd hospice that looked after her father before he died.

Jackie Jeffrey is grateful to the local businesses who are putting on a special screening of the film Shakespeare in Love at Theatr Twm o’r Nant, in aid of St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph.

The event, which starts at 6pm on February 14, will also include live music, champagne, canapés and lots of Belgian chocolate.

St Kentigern Hospice is an eight-bed in patient hospice with day care facilities which provides unparalleled care for those with life-threatening and terminal illness, but has to rely on 80 per cent of its income from the generous donations of the public.

Jackie, the fundraising manager at St Kentigern, has first hand experience of the difference the hospice makes to families.

Her father Raymond Squire passed away at St Kentigern in 2006 following a stroke.
She said: “I can’t thank them enough for what they did for us as a family, and for what they did for my father.

“They gave him pain relief and all that sort of thing and he slowly went to sleep, and that was unbelievable.

“They gave him dignity and he just passed away not in pain, quietly, in a room with his family around him. The hospice does that little bit extra, at that particular time in your life when so much is going on.”

Edwina Stephen, secretary of Denbigh Film Club, also knows the value of the hospice.

She has volunteered on the reception desk at the hospice since 2007 after her mother Evelyn Lloyd-Jones died aged 75 in 2005.

Edwina said: “Unfortunately my mother was only there a week out of a five week illness. But it was the best place for her to be because it just made such a difference not being in a ward at a hospital.”

Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreft MBE has been instrumental in organising the event.

Mark Young, of Denbigh Chocolate Shop, will be at the event handing out choccy treats.

He said: “I’ve been working with St Kentigern for over 10 years now and it’s always a delight to work with them, and when you think that most of them are volunteers. Over 500 volunteers is amazing.”

Ceidiog Hughes, the managing director of Ceidiog Communication, said: "I am delighted that so many local businesses have come on board to help us.
"The hospice is a fantastic place. Whenever you go there you get a warm feeling.

The staff are brilliant - you can sense the love in the place.”
The evening is being supported by care organisation Pendine Park, the Denbigh branch of HSBC, Denbigh Chocolate Shop, Con Amici Italian Bar and Kitchen,

Homewood Bound Collections, Buckley-based printers EWS and PR firm Ceidiog Communication.

For ticket enquiries ring 01745 813426 or visit Denbigh Chocolate Shop.

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