A party of 20 people including the Mayor of Wetherby Councillor Norma Harrington, relatives of former residents and Wetherby Manor staff visited St Gemma’s to dedicate the brick (Friday 20 April).
The Walls of Light, in the hospice’s Path of Life garden, illuminate the area around them.
Judith Scurr, manager of Wetherby Manor said: “We work very closely with the hospice as Wetherby Manor also provides end of life care. We wanted to be able to share a memorial to celebrate the lives of loved ones and to support a place where relatives can go to peacefully reflect.”
Councillor Norma Harrington, Mayor of Wetherby said: “I was delighted to be able to represent the people of The Manor at this dedication ceremony, which highlights the community links that Wetherby as a town has with St Gemma’s Hospice.”
Relatives attending the dedication also commented on why they had supported the Wetherby Manor St Gemma’s appeal:
– “It’s so important to have a place to remember people. Wetherby Manor looked after my husband for two years through a very complex illness and we were supported by the staff every day. I can never thank them enough.”
– “The nursing and palliative care provided by Wetherby Manor for my husband was quite exceptional including support for our whole family. The love and understanding shown to us throughout his Illness was very special.”
Joanne Wrighton, fundraiser at St Gemma’s Hospice said: “We are delighted that Wetherby Manor has chosen to support our patients by sponsoring a brick in the Walls of Light.
“The brick chosen by the group is a wonderful way to honour and remember residents of Wetherby Manor who can no longer be with us. Their kind support will enable our dedicated team of specialists to continue providing outstanding care to the people of greater Leeds.”
To sponsor a brick at St Gemma’s in memory of a loved one, please contact Joanne Wrighton on 0113 306 9170 or firstname.lastname@example.org