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Hospiscare Heroes - From Mask Fittings to Fairy Houses

 

Here at Hospiscare, we are extremely grateful to all of our supporters and we love to see the innovative ways that our Hospiscare Heroes find to fundraise for us! Read on for the latest updates on how our Hospiscare Heroes have been supporting our charity across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

 

A Hospiscare doctor in full PPE

 

We are sending our warmest thanks to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who came to our Exeter hospice to fit our nurses and doctors with special masks.

Although our clinical staff are wearing face masks as standard when interacting with all patients, these FFP3 masks will allow our staff to safely care for patients who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These speciality masks need to be fitted and tested by trained personnel and DSFRS kindly offered to do this for our clinical staff for free.

Pictured above is Amber Sellick from DSFRS who came to fit and test the masks and Dr Becky wearing the FFP3 mask.

Thank you DSFRS, and in particular thank you to Amber for fitting the masks and Lee Martin for arranging the fitting.

 

A Hospiscare nurse with two children and their fairy houses

 

We are sending our thanks to the Hall family of West Hill who made these beautiful fairy houses! Well done Bell and William.

 

Hospiscare staff holding a cheque at a social distance

 

A huge thank you to Barrat & David Wilson Homes who have donated £8000 as part of their Charity of the Year partnership with us. They intend to continue to fundraise for us when they are able.

 

Photos of a couple cycling

 

We are sending our warmest thanks to Aimee Hilton, her husband Adam and her brother Paul who cycled from Bristol Suspension Bridge to Tywardreadth in Cornwall - a total of 170 miles - in memory of her dad, James.

Aimee set up a JustGiving page for the challenge to raise money to purchase tablets or iPads for hospital isolation units to enable patients to be with their loved ones.

Aimee's father, James, was admitted to hospital in March after having a reaction to a skin cancer treatment. Unfortunately, he contracted COVID-19 while he was in hospital. 

Aimee and her family were unable to visit James in hospital and when he was moved to the isolation unit, the staff informed them that they could Skype using a recently purchased iPad. This enabled Aimee to be present for the last six hours of her life.

Aimee says, "The irony is Dad hated technology could barely engage with his laptop so raising money for iPads would be lost on him.

"He also would have hated the attention from the media, and would have been scared stiff at the thought of us cycling across the southwest. But he brought me up to push boundaries and I loved proving him wrong.

"We miss him everyday and I will never get over losing him the way we did. No one should die alone, no family member should be prevented from being with their loved ones, those choices were ripped away from us. I think we will learn so many lessons from this pandemic, some decisions made in haste will have a life long impact on many families. There’s no blame it’s what happens in panic.

"What we have achieved is a drop in the ocean but if it connects one patient who can’t be with their people at their most scared and vulnerable, then it’s a win."

Aimee's JustGiving page has raised nearly £8,000 and we were very grateful to receive an iPad for the ward at Searle House thanks to their amazing fundraising in dedication to James, "the Cornish legend."

 

Handmade fabric hearts

 

Thank you to Jane Morton for making these lovely hearts for patients on the ward at our hospice and also for making masks for our staff. Jane and her husband Jon have been amazing supporters during the pandemic and have raised £600 between them.

 

A woman standing against a graffiti wall of wings

 

A huge thank you to Katy Ware who walked the London Marathon route for Hospiscare and Force and raised an amazing £2,736 - £1,368 of which will be going to Hospiscare.

 

A woman in her garden with potted plants

 

A huge thank you to Paula, Patrick and Angela and the team at Bicton College and the Exeter Friends for turning their amazing annual Plant Sale into Hospiscare’ s first virtual plant sale. Instead of taking place in reality on 16 May, the event went online for the first time with customers ordering their plants by phone and collecting from local contacts in Exeter.

The sale has been hugely popular, as always, and it is hoped to have raised an incredible £1,500 for our patients. Thank you to everyone who made this amazing event possible.

 

Exminster ladies golf club

 

Thank you also to Exminster Golf Club Ladies who chose us as their charity of the year for 2019/2020. All of their fundraising was for Hospiscare and despite not being able to meet since the spring, the ladies have raised an incredible £1,183.17 for our patients.

 

A bottle of wine on a table

 

Thank you to Christopher Piper Wines of Ottery St Mary for kindly donating to Paul Godfrey in his ongoing fundraising activities for Hospiscare.

 

Pink roses and other flowers

 

Thank you to Anne Pitman from Dilly's Florist in Ottery for kindly donating a hand-tied seasonal bouquet of flowers to Paul Godfrey for his continued fundraising antics for our local charity.

We are also sending our thanks to Georgette Jameson and her team of helpers and the ladies at Awliscombe WI for donating money for fabric to make scrubs and masks for our clinical team.

We love seeing all that you do for Hospiscare, so if you are planning any fundraising, please send us a direct message us on Facebook or email fundraising@hospiscare.co.uk so that we can celebrate your efforts. We couldn't do what we do without you.

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