First, we’d like to say thank you to our community – because the support of local people has enabled our nursing teams to move mountains – and to cope during this exhausting year.
But, we aren’t in the clear yet; there are many more very tough days ahead for the people we care for in our community.
Throughout the pandemic, the demand for care in people’s own homes has increased massively each day. As we approach this Christmas, our nurses are feeling the strain from these long, stressful months. And yet, they’re determined to step up to provide the comfort and care that will make Christmas the best it can be for everyone in our care.
People like Tim, a wonderful 72-year-old gentleman who needed us during the pandemic; and Hayley, a fabulous 8-year-old who we’ve supported since her cancer diagnosis. They’ve both shared their stories with us here, so you can see what our care has meant to their families this year.
We know that ellenor’s care is never more important than at Christmas for families like Tim’s and Hayley’s. For some, it could be their last Christmas together, one last chance to create lasting memories with the people they love.
And so, our Adult Community Nursing Team will visit patients through the holidays, including Christmas Day, bringing expert care and a bit of much-needed sunshine into their homes. Our Children’s Team will be on call too, offering expert support to allow families to have Christmas at home with their little ones. If a child reaches the end of their life over Christmas, our nursing team will be there to ensure the child’s last hours are spent in comfort and peace.
We want to be there for everyone who needs us, but as we approach the end of the most traumatic years in history when income from events, fundraising activities, and our shops have disappeared almost completely, we desperately need your help to keep ellenor nurses out in the community throughout the winter.
Please, could you give a gift today to support this vital community care over the holidays?
Your support today will make a world of difference – today, tomorrow, and in the coming weeks.
Thank you for any donation you feel able to give – and warmest wishes for a special Christmas and New Year.
Spread some festive cheer
And, for a bit of festive cheer, we’ve created a little ellenor Christmas bauble; just download, write your message of love and hope and send back to us to display here at the hospice.
Your words of support will really brighten the days of the nurses, patients, and families here. Feel free to print as many as you like for your own Christmas tree too. Or call our Supporter Care team on 01322 626509 who can post these to you.