An emotional night at The Barn

The third annual In Celebration of Life service proved to be a beautiful and emotional evening when it was held on Sunday (26 November) at The Barn, Lowden Garden Centre.

Tuesday, 28 November 2023

An emotional night at The Barn

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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