Saturday, 28 March 2020

Support Your Local Hospice



I'm going into work later.
Sickness has visited our part of North Wales like it has done everywhere,
I'm only surprised that they didn't need me in earlier.
I'm happy to do it, I really am.

Working for a charity in these uncertain times is worrying.
The lockdown simply means that money is not coming into the hospice's accounts
And that public money pays for the nurses' wages.
Nurses that continue to ensure quality end of life care is given during this crisis
Could well lose their jobs when it is all over!
Go figure!

The velvet voiced Linda who has organised the Village warden system has done a sterling job with now two wardens allocated to each street in the village and its environs. A whatsapp group now connects every warden to her in HQ and with each other and every few minutes this morning my phone has beeped urgently  with people co ordinating pharmacy runs and food deliveries .
We even have a village warden social app group, where most of the volunteers are sharing videos such as this one


Right time to try and control my unruly mop of greying hair
Work calls

Be safe my friends

32 comments:

  1. It is shameful that Hospice services are expected to be self funded by donations. Good for you to heading off to work - your skills will be needed as always, especially in these times.

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  2. My deepest respect to you. Sir is distraught that he physically cannot go back and help out. Once a nurse always a nurse.xxx

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  3. Take care, stay well. A co-worker, the woman in the office next to me, is being moved to hospice today with late stage metastasized cancer - she is just a year older than I am.

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  4. Stay safe please. All of you that are working through all of this are heros.
    Peter

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  5. I have always thought it totally wrong that Hospices are charities and are expected to self fund for all their work. I didn't even know this was the case until I worked for St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston Cumbria.

    Take care and please stay safe while you do this important job. xx

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  6. Thinking of you, John. Be safe, everyone.xx

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  7. I echo all the above comments. Stay safe x

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  8. As long as you take care of yourself as much as you do for others we'll know you'll be okay.

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  9. Joan n(Devon)11:59 am

    Take care too John and have a good troublefree shift. Heard yesterday that a niece of ours has been diagnosed with it. She has only just been discharged from hospital where she had an operation for a slipped disc, so must have caught it in there.

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  10. Anonymous12:24 pm

    With hospices being as vitally needed as they are it seems likely if any were about to go without nursing care that media would begin making pleas for both the public and the government to provide the funding needed to pay the nurses.

    Try not to worry, should you by chance, indeed, lose your employment, it may be a short term layoff, or even if permanent, your skills in many arenas could gain you a way to provide the funds needed to still live in the cottage with essentially your current lifestyle.

    Stay safe and be your usual wonderful self, xx oo, - Mary

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  11. Anonymous12:24 pm

    Worrying times alround, compounded with a halt to the money-go-round. Foodbanks appealing for help, the rescue cats charity l support has reported street cats starving as the little old ladies cannot go out to the waste sites to feed them, oh the list goes on.
    We must all dig deep down the back of the sofa and find a few coppers to help support all charities just now, especially as we are coming up to the summer open day type fundraisers that will be cancelled tthis year.
    Is your hospice doing a direct appeal?
    Be safe my friend, thank you for what you do.
    Tess xx

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  12. My daughter just told me that while people where out clapping for NHS staff some absolute low life's broke into the cafe at the local hospice . Words fail me when I see reports of this kind I behaviour . I hope you and your colleague,s stay safe .

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  13. love your badge lanyard. go tend your patients and then tend to yourself.

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  14. Good thoughts go with you dear John - your patients will be fortunate to have you - please stay well.

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  15. stay safe out there john!

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  16. I love the woman singing in that video! Fantastic!

    Stay healthy my friend.

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  17. That video is hilarious! Stay safe, John.

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  18. You sound to be a very well organised village John - I always admire the community spirit there. Good of you to go in when you should be off but knowing you - t hat would be your normal response.

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  19. Barbara Anne3:18 pm

    Wonderful video and even better community organization to care for all. Well done, Linda!

    Wishing you a safe and pleasant shift as you kindly go in to work. Hope the hospice donations quickly rise dramatically world wide.

    Hugs!

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  20. Yorkshire Liz3:35 pm

    Stay safe, stay well and be good. And I echo everyone else's sentiments about hospices having to be independently funded charities.as illogical as it is inhumane.

    Keep fighting day by day. God bless

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  21. You are a real life Angel John that's for sure-And I do love Corona Queen-she is a great character.Last night I heard something or other on tv,think it was an advert and I was dancing disco for a couple of minutes and it felt soooo good x

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  22. Thank you. Stay well, stay safe.

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  23. Stay well. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do! My cousin (cousin's son) FaceTimed with me yesterday. He told me he was surprised by how much gray there was in his beard. I gave him a close-up of mine and told him whenever I look in the mirror, I'm surprised by how much black remains in mine. I envy your your mop of graying hair!

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  24. I only echo what everyone else has said. Thank you for what you do... without people like you humanity would be in a much much worse state than it already is. Please stay safe and well.

    Jo in Auckland

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  26. Your village sounds lovely. The video is just plain wonderful, esp as that Donna Summer's song has always been a favorite.
    Actually I don't know how hospice is funded in the U.S. but am stunned it isn't part of your NHS. It's such a vital and logical aspect of the medical field, in my opinion.

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  27. Good on you for going in to work and good on all the volunteers who are picking up groceries and such for their neighbours I'm happy that your a big part of this wonderful community. Fun video we can all use a laugh right now gives us hope for the future.

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