Ashgate’s hen party date for brave bride

Patients Juliette Rollinson and Karen Hillsden, health care assistant Sue Blair and Della at Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield.

Patients Juliette Rollinson and Karen Hillsden, health care assistant Sue Blair and Della at Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield.

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A Dronfield bride-to-be is having two hen parties before her big day - with one being a private ‘do’ thrown by Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospicecare.

Della Hamerton, 25, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2014 and attends Ashgate’s Day Hospice every Friday.

Now staff at the hospice are to throw a special party for Della ahead of her tying the knot on July 3.

Said Della: “It’s a surprise at the moment but I think they’re getting a chocolate fountain and popcorn machine which will be lovely.

“We’re going to play music and lots of games and I think the nurses are going to wear ‘Della’s hen party’ t-shirts too!

“It’s such a nice gesture and it just goes to show how much the staff at the hospice are willing to go above and beyond to care for their patients.”

Ashgate Hospicecare’s Day Hospice provides a day care setting that allows patients to meet other people who are in a similar situation to them whilst receiving specialist palliative care.

It also gives patients the opportunity to maintain their independence by living at home, which is often a priority for the majority of patients throughout the hospice.

Added Della: “When I first started going to the Day Hospice it was mainly to get me out of the house because I was feeling very low – I’d just been in hospital for three months.

“But now I come and it’s great because I’ve met loads of new people and it’s also a safety blanket if I’m not feeling very well.

Last week, Della and other patients joined staff at the hospice to celebrate Care2Save’s ‘Kiss-May’ campaign, a campaign which supports hospice and palliative care throughout the UK. It costs £8.5m a year to run Ashgate, which includes a £2.5m NHS grant - but has to raise the additional £6m.

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