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How Naomi and Stacey made Birmingham Hospice part of their special day 

17 June 2024

Naomi Downton-Collins has been supporting the hospice for over 10 years after her grandad was cared for by our hospice teams. 

She said: “The hospice looked after my amazing grandad during the hardest months. He received symptom management from the hospice and nothing was too much trouble. He loved all the staff and the care shown by them all was heartwarming. 

“Plus, the Hospice at Home Team visited the house; supporting not only my grandad, but the whole family. At a time of such sadness, they brought love, care and normality.” 

In May this year, Naomi married her partner, Stacey.  The couple wanted our charity to be part of their special day so they gifted their guests Birmingham Hospice wedding favours.  

“We chose the hospice’s wedding favours in memory of my grandad,” Naomi said. “We wanted to not only donate to a charity close to our hearts, but they helped us feel like he was with us on the day. 

“Most of our guests put them on straight away and there were no favours left on the tables at the end of the night. I think everyone enjoyed having a little token to remember the day.” 

Over the years, Naomi and her family have supported the hospice in other ways as well.  

She explained: “We have a family run business, Headstart Hairdressers, that always has a hospice collection tin on the counter and we donated a voucher to last year’s Giftmas prize draw.  

“We always hang up their Christmas poster where clients donate to the hospice and write a message to us instead of sending us cards. This goes down well every year.”  

We were so honoured and grateful to be able to play a part in Naomi and Stacey’s big day. By purchasing our wedding favours they’ve enabled more local people to receive the expert palliative and end of life care they need.  

If you’re marking a big occasion this year, such as a wedding or anniversary, you can make it even extra special by donating to Birmingham Hospice in celebration. To find out more, please visit: