While most of us will be tucking into our turkey on Christmas Day many people will still be at work helping in the community. David Seymour speaks to four people for whom December 25 will be a working day...
Palliative care sister Jan Wright at Boston’s Butterfly Hospice gives her thoughts on working Christmas Day as part of the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
She said: “Christmas is a bittersweet occasion, depending on your experiences and life journey.
“Having worked in palliative care for over a decade, I recently joined the team at the Butterfly Hospice.
“Christmas working means that I cannot always spend the time with my own family. Despite this, I know my loved ones will enjoy themselves by being together, and their generous natures understand I am needed elsewhere.
“I strive to make a difference for the patients in my care and their families, for whom this will be their last Christmas they will have together.
“Can you imagine how privileged I feel to be invited to be alongside them in order to celebrate this unrepeatable occasion.
“Amazingly, this is a happy time where often a lot of memories come to the fore, smiles and laughter in abundance as everyone shares their stories.
“Reminiscing in this way is therapeutic for all concerned.
“It is vital to help make this last Christmas as special as possible to ensure that memories of togetherness will be treasured, memories that will bring comfort in the following months and years. All of this and more is only made possible by working within a dedicated nursing team. Christmas working certainly serves to remind me how fragile, unique and special life is, so live it!”