Mark Elton, a well-respected and much-loved colleague at St Giles Hospice, sadly passed away this time last year (6th May 2020) following treatment for COVID-19.

Today and always, our thoughts are with Mark’s family and his beloved wife, Julie. Mark was a part of our St Giles family for over seven years and is deeply missed, every day, by all of the team.

Katie Burbridge, Clinical Director at St Giles Hospice, said: “Mark was an amazing gentleman. The kindest, kindest man that you could ever meet.

“For the team to lose a member of such a close-knit group was really difficult, but they still turned up day in, day out, to care for their patients, because that’s what Mark would’ve wanted.”

As a Staff Nurse on our Inpatient Unit, Mark truly valued and understood what was important to his patients. He would always have a DVD, CD or magazine in his car to help with their many interests, and he would always whistle the ‘Little Donkey’ around the ward – brightening up everyone’s day.

Katie added: “We’ve re-named our sacred space the ‘Lotus Room’ in memory of Mark and we also have a bench outside with a Little Donkey plaque, where the team can sit and remember him.

“Mark was a fantastic nurse and a beautiful person, who touched the lives of so many patients and their families. He’ll forever be in our thoughts and we’ll always feel his presence here at St Giles.”

“We could all be a bit more like Mark” – Jenny, Staff Nurse, IPU