Staff at Da Luigi Bistro in Chipping Campden will don nurses’ tunics for a Nightingale Night of great Italian food and entertainment on 12th May – the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The evening will raise money for Campden Home Nursing’s new Cancer Support Service, which opened in January, and provides information, support and comfort for those with a recent cancer diagnosis.  The service is a recent addition to charity’s nursing services, which provide hospice at home care for people within its defined geographical area.

There will be live music, generously provided free of charge by popular local musician, Andrew James, and a special menu. Da Luigi’s will donate 50% of the proceeds to the new Cancer Support Service.

As 2020 is also International Year of The Nurse and Midwife, it’s a perfect opportunity to show appreciation for nurses everywhere and recognise the huge contribution they make to health services.

Helen Makaritis, General Manager of Campden Home Nursing said: “We are really grateful to both Marco at Da Luigi Bistro and Andrew James for their amazing support. This is going to be a great evening for a very good cause.”

Marco Porta, owner of the family Italian bistro, said: “It’s a pleasure to help a local charity who are providing this much needed new service for our local community. This cause is particularly close to my heart, as 8 years ago, I experienced the loss of my father, aged just 59, due to cancer. No one can ever be prepared – no matter how strong or determined you are. Even If you aren’t affected physically, it will drain you mentally.”

“We were lucky, having a tight knit family and close friends around us, who provided us with that vital support needed throughout my father’s final years. But not everyone is this lucky which is why Campden Home Nursing’s Cancer Support Service is priceless. Let’s not take it for granted. Please join us on a great night of great music & food to raise some serious money!”

The service is headed up by newly appointed Clinical Nurse Specialist, Heather Mitchell. Heather said: “When people have just been diagnosed with cancer, they are usually scared and confused, and this service aims to help them make informed decisions, support them emotionally and offer a listening ear when they’re overwhelmed. We already have around 10 patients who are accessing the new service, and we’re planning to grow and develop it to reach even more local people.”

The charity is working closely with Chipping Campden surgery and two other local surgeries, reaching out to patients and offering psychological support through one to one appointments and support groups. They are also working closely with Freestyle 360 gym to provide fitness, wellbeing and nutritional advice in preparation for treatment or post-surgery.

Tickets for Nightingale Night cost £27.50 and include music & a 3 course meal. Please contact Da Luigi Bistro to book, by calling: 01386 840934 when full payment will be taken.