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Hospital chaplains help end-of-life patients marry 

Chaplains at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have helped to arrange services and put together wedding boxes for patients who are receiving end-of-life treatment and wish to marry their partners.

The weddings are made possible thanks to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals chaplaincy team which has helped to create the special box filled with items to support a wedding at the hospital for patients whose diagnosis means they are unable to attend a registry office.
 
Funded by the N&N Hospital’s Charity, items include decorations to transform the patient’s room, flowers, confetti, bunting, tea lights and keepsakes for the patient and new spouse.
 
Head of Spiritual Care Adrian Woodbridge, who leads the NNUH Chaplaincy team, said: “It is a real mixture of joy and celebration and a reflection of what the occasion symbolises. It’s a celebration of the couple’s love and commitment to each other and the staff really help lift the spirits, decorating the patient’s room and making a huge effort to create special memories. Due to the nature of the weddings, they are often at short notice. We support around four each year and these boxes make it easier for teams to create something special when time is limited.”
 
Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so grateful for the donations we receive which enable us to support areas like the Chaplaincy and create what is a moving, compassionate and special day for a patient at the end of their life.”
 
The Chaplaincy team is just one area of the hospital which you can support via the N&N Hospitals Charity.
 
For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can get involved, go to https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/
 
Pictured above is Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital chaplain Jane Nursey with one of the wedding boxes. Picture by NNUH
 

Keith Morris, 02/07/2021

Keith Morris

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