Christmas Appeal 2020

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Give the gift of care this Christmas, by helping St Clare continue to care on the frontline.

2020 has certainly been a difficult year for all of us, and St Clare would not have been able to get through the past nine months without the kindness and generosity of our local community. However, we know that it’s not going to be an easy few months coming up, especially during the winter months, so we are still relying on you for your continued support.

Today we wanted to share Jonathan’s story with you. Jonathan a Consultant in Palliative Care here at St Clare Hospice, and has been working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jonathan’s story

My name is Jonathan and I have been a doctor at the Hospice since 2019 and joined just a few short months before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Today I am asking for your continued support, on behalf of all of our doctors, nurses, health care assistants and the whole St Clare team, so that we can continue to care for local families this Christmas, on the frontline.

The start of the coronavirus pandemic, back in April, was a very challenging time for the team at St Clare. I was caring for patients on our Inpatient Unit and, with many of our doctors called back to the local hospital to offer acute care, we were down to just two doctors instead of six. I was working long hours to ensure we still delivered outstanding to care to our patients – my longest run was working 24 days in a row.

Working so closely with the nurses on our Inpatient Unit during the pandemic, I got to witness their amazing level of care first-hand. Seeing how skilful and compassionate the nurses are in such sad and difficult circumstances was a real privilege.

This year has been challenging, but I feel incredibly lucky to have been working in such an outstanding team of nurses and colleagues – and I feel more proud than ever to be part of St Clare. We know that it’s not going to be an easy few months coming up, especially during the winter months. I ask you to think of our nurses, healthcare assistants and doctors, who will be working throughout the festive season caring for patients and their families in the Hospice and in their own homes.

With your support, we can continue to be there for people facing their last Christmas with their loved one, and to support them through one of life’s hardest journeys.

As a charity, St Clare has to raise more than £8,000 every single day to keep our hospice services running. Therefore, any gift you can give today will be hugely appreciated.   

£20 could pay for a stocking present for four patients waking up at St Clare on Christmas Day  

£30 could pay for a Clinical Nurse Specialist to make a supportive phone call  

£50 could pay for a 90-minute home visit by one of our Hospice at Home nursing assistants

On behalf of the St Clare Hospice team, I would like to thank you for your continued support as, without you, we wouldn’t be able to do our job and care for people and their families in your community. With my warmest wishes,

Jonathan Riordan, Consultant in Palliative Care