An emotional night at The Barn
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Over 50 people took the opportunity to come together and remember loved ones.
Poems were read by ambassador Louise Hunt-Skelley, critical care paramedic Keith Mills and supporter Dianne Smith, supporting by stunning music from Wiltshire-based duo The Decibelles.
The names and images of loved ones were shared on screen, and everybody had the opportunity to leave a message on the Christmas tree. This allowed them a moment to reflect on special memories and share this time together with others understanding their grief.
In Memory manager Katy Burke said: "I feel very honoured our supporters trust us with the memory of their loved ones.
“It is something so personal and special and I feel very lucky to be able to help keep memories and feelings flying."
Below are a few comments from those in attendance.
“I just wanted to say how wonderful and moving I thought the service was, thank you to you and the team for organising it. I’d told myself I wasn’t going to cry this year but when Louise started reading her poem, I couldn’t stop myself! It’s so important for us all to have a safe space we can be vulnerable in, thank you for providing this for us.”
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the team at Wiltshire Air Ambulance for putting on such a lovely In Celebration of Life service for our loved ones. You all put such a lot of thought into it. The charity is remarkable and the aircrew deserve a big pat on the back for the work they do, on many occasions, saving lives.”
The next In Memory event, Steps to Remember, takes place on Sunday 7 April 2024 at the charity’s airbase in Semington. The four-mile sponsored walk takes in the Avon & Kennet Canal path, past the Semington aqueduct and through Giles’ Woods on the outskirts of Bowerhill and Seend Cleeve, before returning to base.
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"I knew from the very beginning the first thing I was going to include in my Will was Wiltshire Air Ambulance."
Pete Burch - former patient