In the week that we celebrated Dying Matters Week 2020, International Day of the Nurse and the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale's birth, here are seven things that brought smiles to our faces over the past week.

1. We would like start off with a big thank you to everyone who got involved with our #howwerememberthem project for Dying Matters Week on the St Wilfrid's Community group on Facebook. Not only was it so lovely to see all of the beautiful memories you shared of your loved ones, but the way you all supported one another in the comments was wonderful to see.

2. The International Day of the Nurse and the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale's birth was also celebrated last week. Throughout the day we shared the work of some of our nurses and also a video from our Nursing Director, Colin Twomey. If you didn’t catch them, visit our @peopleofstwilfrids Instagram page and watch the video here. Again, we are so appreciative of all of the comments you left thanking our Nursing teams for all the hard, yet brilliant, work they do. 

3. A new tribute to our NHS, by contractors from Southern Land Services, transformed the Western Lawns in front of the Grand Hotel. You can watch the drone footage by Simon Bushell here

4. From PPE to pizza, we would like to thank our community for the generosity and kindness they have shown us during this crisis. Our staff, volunteers and patients have been truly spoilt by the donations that have been delivered to the hospice, from people like Edwards Vaccum, The Bean Bike and Tea23co, and we are so grateful for everything we have received.

5. An initiative called Comfort Pebbles 2020 has been introduced by Love on the Rocks UK and Liz Searle, CEO of Keech Hospice Care and Hospice UK, as a way for patients who have been separated from their families to feel more connected to them. The pebbles are hand painted by artists across the country, with the back of the pebble left blank for handwritten messages to remind patients that they are not alone. They have already been introduced to Eastbourne DGH and Hastings’ Conquest hospital! 

6. Last week Adele Watt sent us this photo of a pigeon who had made itself comfortable outside our Seaford Community shop. He clearly can’t wait until we re-open again! 

7. Finally, instead of the usual Eurovision competition, an alternative show aired on Saturday night featuring a beautiful rendition of Katrina and the Waves' Love Shine a Light by Rotterdam Philharmonic, while landmarks across Europe were lit up. You can watch the full video here.

Thank you to everyone who is continuing to share happy moments and memories in our St Wilfrid's Community group on Facebook, let's keep it up! 

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