You can dedicate a star to someone special to you

For many, Christmas is a favourite time of year when family and friends gather. It can also be a particularly difficult time of year when you’ve lost someone special to you. 

Throughout December, a beautiful 12ft Christmas tree will be in situ at Bristol Cathedral. It will be decorated with stars that have been dedicated over the years. 

You are invited to dedicate a star to someone dear to you. We will then place it on our Christmas tree where it will twinkle until 4 January 2018. Any stars after this date will be displayed with a heart at Bristol Heart Institute in February. Here's to the ones we love.

Give a gift to the ones we love

Please contact [email protected] and we will send you a star or will happily write your message on a star for you.

If you would like to support the hospitals in memory of someone special to you then it will make a huge difference in the lives of patients with cancer. Your generosity will provide Readybed Sleeper Chairs that can be converted from a chair into a bed. This means loved ones will be able to stay together at their most distressing time.

"I could have given her comfort by being there at the most difficult time in our lives."

Conrad chose to support Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre in loving memory of someone very special to him, Alex.

"When my partner Alex was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 2015 our world was turned upside down. The Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre became part of our lives for the next 19 months. The open visiting hours on the ward allowed Alex and I, and our three daughters, to spend time together during her frequent and sometimes lengthy stays.

"There were times during this period when I just needed to be there day or night. Because it’s the only thing you feel you can do to help when the person you love is in a critical phase of treatment. When they are very sick and you know it’s near the end.

"I spent nights beside Alex sat on a chair with my feet on the bed trying to sleep. Nights making a bed by pushing two chairs together or on the bench seating in the patient lounge. I even spent nights on a mattress on the floor. It was uncomfortable but I was there."

"If the rooms that Alex stayed in had been equipped with sleeper chairs then it would have made a tremendous difference."

Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre has a number of single rooms which are usually allocated for end–of-life-care. Currently, family members who are caring for their loved ones have no facilities for overnight stays. Occasionally, and only if possible, the nursing staff will be able to make exceptions as Conrad has described. If the hospital had sleeper chairs then loved ones would be able to stay by the patients’ side.

“Knowing that you had the facility to stay and spend a few more precious hours in relative comfort would have meant the world. For Alex, she would have been comforted by having me close. She wouldn’t have had to put on a brave face every time I had to leave at night time. She wouldn’t have been alone.

With your support, families like Conrad’s can share precious moments together.

Please give a gift today and don't forget to tell us who your kind donation is remembering so we are able to allocate your gift in their name:

Please select a donation amount: *
Set up a regular payment Donate