We’re still here. We’re still caring.
The past year has been incredibly tough for us all, and we still have a way to go to navigate the COVID pandemic in 2021 – but we are confident that as a Hospice and as a community, we will come out stronger.
Today, we wanted to share an update from our CEO, Sarah, with you. We wanted to let you know that St Clare Hospice has been continuing to care for local people during these difficult times, and we still need your support, now more than ever.
As we enter a new year, I wanted to keep you updated with how St Clare Hospice has been tackling the COVID pandemic. Our essential frontline hospice care workers have continued to work throughout the pandemic, making sure that local people, and their families, receive the same vital care that they desperately need and deserve during these difficult times.
As we enter a third national lockdown, our charity shops have shut once again, and with fundraising events postponed or cancelled, we need your support right now to ensure we can keep caring for people facing death, dying and loss.
Our clinical teams have been busier than ever throughout the pandemic, caring for people in their own homes and at the Hospice itself, and we have plans to respond to this ever increasing need.
In the coming months we will be expanding our nursing team to allow us to reach even more local families that need our help throughout West Essex and East Hertfordshire.
Together, we can support even more people, and we have ambitious plans to fulfil in 2021.
To respond to the increased need for our care, we will be recruiting for additional staff nurses to join both our Community Nursing and Inpatient Unit teams in the first few months of the year. This will enable us to deliver our outstanding, and ever-complex, care to even more people and families in your local community.
We will also be launching a new Dementia Project this January to support those with advanced dementia and their carers – something we know is vitally needed in our local community. In addition, we have plans to further develop our Bereavement Support services for families and loved ones. Our Bereavement Support Helpline was launched during the pandemic and has already been so helpful to so many bereaved family members – we hope to develop this even further.
As a charity, St Clare only receives limited funding from the NHS – this means that we rely on our local community to help us raise around £8,000 each and every day to keep our hospice services running. Anything you can afford to give today will help us to expand our vital services even further throughout 2021 and in years to come.
£20 Could pay for a box of medical grade face masks that are worn by all of our clinical staff and are essential to delivering safe care.
£30 Could pay for a two-hour counselling session for a bereaved family member, friend or loved one, delivered by a qualified counsellor.
£50 Could pay for a visit by one of our Hospice and Home nursing assistants, caring for people in the comfort of their own home.