Throughout 2020, St Wilfrid’s Hospice has been a key part of the fight against Coronavirus in our community.  Today, in these challenging, worrying times I am asking for your help in caring for local patients and their families who need us more than ever in this crisis.

For those, we care for, and their loved ones, the recent months have been a really difficult and sometimes heartbreaking time.  We moved mountains as the crisis hit in March to change the way we work and keep supporting local people who have never needed us more.

All 20 beds on our Inpatient Unit are open and fully occupied. Our care hasn’t changed, but the way we work has. My colleagues and I are all now wearing full PPE, which makes human, personal, compassionate care so much more challenging, but our team has been heroic in working tirelessly to maintain a peaceful and homely environment for our patients.

We’ve also hugely increased our work in the community, visiting patients and families in their own homes. Our Community Nurses, Clinical and Care at Home teams are under incredible pressure to maintain their personal care for vulnerable local people.

It is always very hard for families whose loved one has died, but it is so much harder when those with life-limiting conditions and their families aren’t able to be together physically. Our Bereavement team, which has opened up its support beyond people known to the hospice to everyone in our community, is regularly getting in touch with family members through phone and video calls to help them to cope with their grief.

Now we are beginning to look ahead to the future. There are hope and light at the end of the tunnel, and our team of expert, compassionate staff are ready to continue to provide peaceful, dignified, end of life care to local people.  But we will only be able to see this through and maintain our services, with the help of local friends like you.  This is why I am asking for your support today.

As an independent charity, we have to pay for over 70% of the costs of care and nursing ourselves.  During the pandemic, we had to close all our shops and the Street Café and cancel all our planned fundraising events. This has left a huge loss in our budget, that’s why I am asking you to donate whatever you can today.

Any donation that you are able to make immediately supports those in our community who need our care.

Thank you in advance for your help. I hope that you and your loved ones keep well and stay safe.

Colin Twomey

Clinical Service Director

‘From day one of this crisis we’ve been determined to continue to see every patient as a person, an individual who deserves peace, comfort and dignity in their final days. We pride ourselves on not being ‘clinical’, on being able to offer personal, human care. That’s so much harder now that we’re all having to wear the PPE all the time. We look different, the hospice looks different, but the care and dedication have stayed the same. Thank you so much for whatever help you can manage, I know that we will get through this together’.

Michelle Farmer,  IPU nurse

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