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Stars dedicated to those loved and missed in Hospice’s virtual Night Sky

Gary Nelson who sadly passed away after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, and his wife, Vicky Nelson (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

A virtual Night Sky where residents can dedicate a star to loved ones who have passed away, has been set up by Saint Francis Hospice.

‘Light Up a Life’ gives residents the chance to pay tribute to loved ones online by posting a photo and a message, which can then be shared with family and friends.

Saint Francis Hospice is asking for donations in return, to continue work caring and supporting patients and their families, through the pandemic.

The Havering-based charity supports thousands of people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

Donations are to benefit individuals such as father, Gary Nelson, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 35-years-old.

His children were only three-months- and 22-months-old when he was given two years to live.

Gary’s wife, Vicky said: “Gary was scared at home.”

“He was so happy to get to the Hospice, where he knew he would get care 24/7 and not have to worry about waking me up in the middle of the night in pain.

“His one wish was to not die at home in front of the children.”

When Gary entered what would be the final day of his life, Vicky told Poppy and Daisy that they had to say goodbye to Daddy.

Poppy was scared of her dad’s appearance. She kissed her mum’s hand, and Vicky kissed Gary’s.

“We passed the kiss along,” Vicky explained.

Vicky held Gary’s hand and told him that it was okay for him to go now. Gary, unresponsive for days, managed to mouth the words “I love you” to his wife – much to Vicky’s joy.

“He mustered so much energy to say that,” she said.

Anyone wishing to dedicate a star to a loved one or make a donation, can find more information by visiting here

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