Nurses throw special princess party for palliative care patient

Nursing staff dressed up as princesses to throw a special party for a palliative care patient.

Bettina Dale, 30, has end stage cancer and is receiving end of life care at the Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, where she has been a patient since July.

Bettina had never had a princess party before despite always wanting one, so staff came together in their own time to organise one for her.

They dressed up as princesses and donated a dress for Bettina to wear, which was specially ironed by laundry. They made her a princess cake and came in on their days off to do her hair and make-up.

They also organised free hire of a stretch limo and free pizza to give Bettina a truly memorable day.

Bettina said: “I felt like I was about to cry I was so happy and shocked. It is the first time anyone has done anything like this for me.”

Senior Sister Jayne Dransfield said: “Bettina has been with us for a long time and has a very close bond with all staff from clerical and domestic staff to doctors and nurses.

“She had an amazing day and I am proud to work with such amazing people who made it happen for her.”

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