Caring on the frontline during the coronavirus outbreak
Whilst we have all been through challenging times over the past few months, we have never felt more grateful for our wonderful supporters. It is with thanks to people like you, that so many local families have been able to continue to receive our care throughout Covid-19, and will continue to receive our care in the months to come.
However, there is still so much more we need to do in your local community to make sure that no one has to go through one of lives hardest journeys alone. Whilst St Clare recovers from the huge loss in fundraising income over the past few months, we are still asking for your support so that we can continue to care for families that desperately need our help.
Today, I wanted to share with you what the past few months have been like for our team, whilst caring for patients and their families in the Inpatient Unit (IPU) here at St Clare.
My name is Lynne Hooper and I have been leading our IPU team through the coronavirus pandemic as the IPU Manager. I joined St Clare Hospice in 2012 as a staff nurse working on the IPU, and became the manager in 2018. When I imagined my future at St Clare, never did I expect to have to lead my team through a global pandemic.
Whilst it has been very busy and challenging, the team have worked so hard and, as always, have gone the extra mile for our patients and their families. We are so proud to say that we have been able to continue caring for people in our local community throughout such uncertain times.
It is only now, when I look back, that I realise how tough it has been.
The most difficult adjustment we’ve had to make is, without a doubt, the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). We all miss being able to give someone a hug, especially when people look so lost at times. My team and I are still finding it hard, and I think we are going to be affected for a long time.
However, there have also been highlights throughout such a difficult situation which have really helped us to keep going.
I’ve been blown away by the kindness of people in our local community.
Helping families to create special memories together is such an important part of our job. We recently arranged a wedding for one of our patients during ‘lockdown’. They had a very small reception on the patio outside the patient’s room, and the bride and groom enjoyed a glass of champagne in the sunshine.
St Clare Hospice is a special place which provides first class, outstanding care. Now, more than ever, I am thankful for to be part of the fantastic team at St Clare.
Today, I am asking for your support so that we can continue to care for people in your local community who so desperately need our help.
Anything you can afford to donate today will help St Clare to continue providing our specialist care throughout West Essex and East Hertfordshire for years to come.
£20 could pay for a box of 120 syringes which are used every day on our Inpatient Unit
£40 could pay for a special celebration dinner or wedding for a family
£60 could pay for essential clinical supplies for one patient for 15 days