NCA hospitals light up for Grief Awareness Week

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NCA hospitals light up for Grief Awareness Week
01 December 2020

THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) is lighting up its hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale to mark national Grief Awareness Week, which runs from 2 to 8 December 2020.

The hospitals will be lit up in yellow from 6pm to 12 midnight on 8 December as part of a Lighting Up Greater Manchester event.

The event will give hospital staff, patients and visitors an opportunity to remember those who have died and will show our care and support for those who are grieving.

Some other notable buildings in the vicinity of our hospitals will also be lighting up yellow at the same time including, The Lowry Theatre, Salford Arts Theatre, Oldham Civic Centre, Oldham Coliseum, and Oldham Leisure, Bury Town Hall and Rochdale Bridge.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Trusts and operates hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.

Fiona Murphy MBE, Director of Nursing for End of Life, Bereavement and Donation at the NCA said:

“Lighting up our hospitals yellow will clearly signal to our patients, our staff, visitors and those in the vicinity that the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is here to support those who have lost a loved one, that we care, and that they are not alone. During the pandemic many of us are separated from our loved ones by distance, however that does not mean we cannot share our grief, just because somebody is smiling does not mean they are not grieving.”

During the time while the hospitals are lit up yellow the NCA will be inviting staff and members of the public to light a candle or shine a light and share images and messages with us on Twitter at @NCAAlliance_NHS using the hashtags #shareyourstory and #NGAW20.

In addition to our hospitals many other organisations such as Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust will be sharing information on their websites and social media channels.

Grief Awareness Week is spearheaded by The Good Grief Trust, the UK’s leading umbrella charity bringing over 800 support services together under one database. The charity offers a choice of tailored local, regional, and national support, for both the bereaved and those working with them.

The focus of this annual campaign is to raise awareness of the impact of grief on a national platform and ensure those needing help are aware of the breadth of support services available across the UK.

Sharing stories helps others to understand the impact of grief and loss, enabling conversations to take place, opening emotions and feelings that are often difficult to express.

During the campaign each day of the week will focus on support for a specific sector of the bereaved community including Interfaith Support Day, Men’s Grief, Bereaved Parents, LGBTQ, Children and Young People and Covid19 families.

For further information and support, please contact The NCA’S SWAN Bereavement Team or for support in Greater Manchester, please visit - https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/

https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/contact-us/

Follow @goodgrieftrust

For a full events listing for Greater Manchester please see the Notes for Editors section.

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Pictured: Salford Royal will light up yellow for Grief Awareness Week

Notes for Editors

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together four hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community healthcare services, and over 19,000 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

More information about the NCA can be found at www.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk.

For media enquiries please email trust.communications@pat.nhs.uk

Greater Manchester Events

2nd - 8th December

Today begins the opportunity for the community of Greater Manchester to reflect and remember those who have experienced loss, at any time.

Oldham Community Leisure Trust (OCL) will commence a virtual walking challenge, to raise awareness of grief and support services available, by encouraging people to go for a walk and post the number of steps or distance (in miles or km) that they cover.

Red Cross will be giving out pedometers to over 55’s as part of their Community Connect Programme, encouraging them to take part in the virtual walking challenge. They will distribute their active packs and contact people, by phone to see how they are doing.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will share Speak their Name, a Memorial Quilt Project commissioned to commemorate those lost to suicide & recognise those bereaved and those affected by suicide in the Greater Manchester area.

Case studies will be shared from different sectors of the community.

People are asked to download the campaign posters/logo and display in offices, cars, windows, buildings. These are available via http://nationalgriefawarenessweek.org/events/resources/

We invite people to share their memories and pictures of their loved ones on social media using the hashtags #shareyourstory and #NGAW20

3rd December

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will be raising awareness, on social media, about their service. Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Manchester Cathedral will invite

people to #GMremembers, an on-line book of remembrance for all those who have died due to COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The name of someone who has died, can be submitted or entries viewed. https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/ https://gmremembers.org.uk/

From 7:45pm – 8:30pm, OCL will deliver a yoga session. Yoga is a mind and body practice. The postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques and meditation are also integrated. This will be delivered through Facebook live and accessed via http://nationalgriefawarenessweek.org/events/

4th December

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will raise awareness of services supporting bereaved Children and Young People on social media.

5th December

OCL will deliver a High Intensity Interval Training session from 10:00am-10:45am. This involves short, intense workouts. A series of exercises are given your full effort for short bursts of 30 to 60 seconds and followed by a short period of rest. This will be delivered through Facebook live and accessed via http://nationalgriefawarenessweek.org/events/

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will raise awareness of the men’s suicide bereavement group SOBS, Strong Men charity, Follo FC, Sands FC, through social media. Springhill Hospice annual Light a Life Service 6pm - https://springhill.org.uk/lightupalife

6th December

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will raise awareness of BAME groups offering bereavement support, Good Grief Trust LGBTQ+ Bereavement Café, GM LGBTQ+ support on social media.

Bishop John Arnold Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford will make an address about grief accessed through http://nationalgriefawarenessweek.org/events/ St Ann’s Hospice annual Light a Life Service -1pm - https://www.sah.org.uk/events/light-up-a-life-online-service/ Bury Hospice annual Light A Life - 3pm - https://buryhospice.org.uk/support-us/events/ Dr Kershaw’s Hospice annual Light a Life - 7pm – https://drkershawshospice.org.uk/support-us/light-life/

7th December

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership will raise awareness of groups in Greater Manchester supporting parents after a child’s death; promotion of GM Suicide Bereavement Information Service, on-line GM Suicide Bereavement Peer Support Group and SOBS.

OCL will deliver a Pilates session from 6:30pm-7:15pm. Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body through posture, balance, and flexibility with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being. This will be accessible via http://nationalgriefawarenessweek.org/events/

8th December

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Awareness Event 10:30am – 12pm. Follow the link to register - https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.eventbrite.co.uk

Wigan and Leigh Hospice annual Light for a Life Service 5:30pm– available to watch on Facebook page or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpRYMK5yUY-sxdqwX1IUdLA and on website: www.wlh.org.uk

Virtual GM interfaith service at 5pm, to coincide with Evensong at St Pauls Cathedral, London from Manchester Cathedral (Details TBC)

Lighting up Greater Manchester

We have arranged for several venues, across Greater Manchester, to be lit up in yellow, from 6pm-12pm, in remembrance of those who have died and to show our care and support for those who are grieving. These buildings include:

  • NCA Hospitals
  • Media City
  • Lowry Theatre
  • Bury Town Hall
  • Bolton Town Hall
  • Rochdale Bridge
  • Stockport Town Hall
  • Trafford Town Hall
  • Wigan and Leigh Town Halls
  • Oldham Civic Centre
  • Albert Halls Bolton
  • Oldham Coliseum
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Stockport Plaza
  • Salford Arts Theatre
  • Oldham Leisure Centre
  • Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

During this time, we invite staff and members of the public to light a candle or shine a light and share with us at @NCAAlliance_NHS using the hashtags #shareyourstory and #NGAW20

In addition to these buildings, many other organisations such as Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust will be sharing information on their websites and social media channels.