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Popular nurse to bow out from hospice work in style with fundraising feast

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A hospice nurse is holding a fundraising feast at a Gedling restaurant to mark her retirement after 12 years of service.

Nottinghamshire Hospice at Home nurse Penny Astill is celebrating her retirement in style by holding a charity meal at Amore’s restaurant in Gedlingon Wednesday, November 16, from 7pm.

Penny, who’s worked for Nottinghamshire Hospice for 12 years after retiring as a district nurse, said the job had given her what she missed from nursing.

She said: “When patients say things like ‘I’m so glad you were there when Mum died’, you just feel as though you’re helping, and helping people to die at home, if that’s what they want. Some people are really frightened of that, and we’re here to make it not so frightening.”

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As well as the Hospice at Home service, Nottinghamshire Hospice also provides day therapy, including complementary massage, physiotherapy and counselling to give patients, their families and carers the full range of support available.

Penny wants her farewell celebration to raise money so that Nottinghamshire Hospice can continue to support local people with life-limiting illnesses, who depend on the warmth and dedication of Hospice staff like herself.

Amore’s Gedling, a family-run restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes, are putting on a special menu for the occasion including dishes like delicious antipasti and fresh sea bass in lemon sauce, with three courses for just £23. The restaurant seats up to 80, so anyone who would like to support the Hospice is welcome.

For tickets, book online at http://www.nottshospiceevents.org/events/2016/11/1/pennys-fabulous-fundraising-feast, contact Nottinghamshire Hospice Fundraising on 0115 910 1008 or call Penny Astill on 07811479221 for more information.

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