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25 October 2021

Actor Peter's poem of thanks to St Michael's

Actor Peter’s poem of thanks to St Michael’s

An accomplished actor who has appeared in some of Britain’s most popular TV shows says there’s not a script good enough to describe the care he’s received from St Michael’s.

Peter Lorenzelli described the Hospice as ‘Heaven on Earth’, and was so impressed he wrote and recorded a poem of thanks to the medical team which has helped support him and his family.

The former actor, who starred in Victoria Wood’s popular BBC comedy Dinnerladies, as well as ITV soap Coronation Street, and hit film Calendar Girls, was even able to re-live his acting days when he took to the microphone to lead the Hospice’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony back in July.

‘I’m so grateful for the care and support I’ve received here,’ said Peter, who was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumour (NET) and secondaries in his spine in 2017.

‘The pain relief I’ve experienced while here has meant I’ve been able to enjoy conversations with, and the company of, family and friends for the first time in a long time.

‘I’ve also enjoyed the delicious puddings served by the wonderful kitchen staff here, and learning all about the life stories of the staff who have been looking after me.’

Peter’s family says they feel comforted knowing Peter is being so well looked after.

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Peter’s Poem

‘I’m so grateful to everyone at St Michael’s for the care and love I’ve received. I hope my words will ring true for anyone whose lives are touched by the staff at the Hospice.

A message to all my doctors and nurses,

Who have helped me in my plight.

As my wings to heaven strengthen,

And I take my final flight.

My journey with you has been a treat.

So I’m on my way with wing-ed feet.


And thank you.

Peter Lorenzelli

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