stmaryshospitalThe 14th Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for children who have died is being held on Sunday 30th June 2013 at 15:00.  

The service, which is being held at St Mary’s Hospital by the lake side, is open to anyone who wants to remember a lost child whenever they died, whatever age and in whatever circumstance.

This year the service will make use of the summer house at St Mary’s lake.   Funding for this building was provided by friends and family of a child who died several years ago and who continues to be remembered annually.

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During the service one hundred balloons will be released and children attending are given bubbles to raise in memory of siblings who will never be forgotten.  There will be readings, contemporary songs and hymns.  For the first time, this year a live band, Island band, ASAPH will provide the live music for the service.  ASAPH’s lead singer is Children’s Ward Staff Nurse, Patience Wells.

At four poignant points in the service the names of children who have died are read out.  The service is led by the Trust’s new Senior Chaplain, Rev. Kelvin Burke, assisted by our new Hospital Chaplain, the Rev. Janet Hallam.

Senior Chaplain Kelvin Burke said: “This well attended annual service is an important date in the calendar of many who have sadly lost a child.  It is an opportunity to come together with others who have lost a child in whatever circumstance and at whatever age to celebrate their lives and remember them.   Everyone is welcome whatever their faith or even if they do not profess a faith.  The poster for the service features a sketch by a grieving mother who had lost a much loved child and has been a feature in the Children’s Service since the very first Isle of Wight memorial service 14 years ago.”

Further information about the service is available from the Trust’s Chaplaincy on 01983-534639 or by e-mail to [email protected].

The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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