A Poem for 110

Supporter Oonagh Jarvis is helping us celebrate our 110th anniversary in verse.

Super skydiver Oonagh was inspired by our special anniversary to put pen to paper for us – here’s her wonderful poem.

110 in so many ways

At 1 minute 10 seconds I had entered the world and opened my lungs.

1 week and 1 day my grandparents came.

1 month and 10 days a smile I produced.

1 year and 1 month my hair was put into pigtails.

11 years and a week  my primary school finished.

10 months 1 day truancy I played.

Year 10 for a week I concentrated hard.

110 days I waited to hear.

I had passed 11 exams 0 were failed.

11 years later I heard a cry of pain.

But a place that was celebrating its 110 birthday,  still it heard of my plea.

1 Doctor 10 nurses were listening to me.

1 driver 10 friends supported me too.

110 stars shined bright on a day, 

As 110 strings of a heart were broken.

110 angels were surrounding me.

1100 lanterns they light every year.

To remember an unknown number they have helped.

110 more years I hope they are there always for you.

110 times thank you. John Taylor Hospice for being you.

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