Directors of Queenscourt Hospice in Southport are appealing to local people for their support. Pictured are (from left): Dr Karen Groves, Medical and Education Director; Helen Birch, Director of Nursing Services; and Debbie Lawson, Corporate Services Director.

Queenscourt in Southport has been “hit hard” by the Coronavirus crisis with local people urged to do what they can to support their local hospice.

The organisation, which is based in Kew, has had to take the unprecedented step of closing all its charity shops, while big fundraising events and initiatives such as the Star Trekk 10k Walk and Make A Will Month have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

They said: “This will result in a significant loss of income for Queenscourt, which as a small local charity with a big reach, will hit us hard.”

Three Queenscourt directors are now appealing to members of the public and local businesses to support them in their hour of need.

Medical and Education Director Dr Karen Groves, Director of Nursing Services Helen Birc, and Corporate Services Director Debbie Lawson have written an open letter revealing the challenges they face.

They said: “ Like you, #teamqueenscourt are dealing with unprecedented times as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.

“On a daily basis we are striving to maintain our vital services and to continue supporting our patients and their families.

Coronavirus volunteers sought to give help during epidemic

 

“In the last few weeks, it feels like the world has come to a standstill. But at Queenscourt, our work cannot stop.

“Whilst we all adjust to social distancing and self-isolation, our incredible team of nurses, doctors and support staff continue to deliver first-class care to local people with life-limiting illnesses, across West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.

“We have implemented a robust hospice continuity plan, which includes the best possible health

protection measures based on the latest information from the World Health Organisation, National Health Service and Public Health England. We are working side by side with our teams of health care professionals, support staff, volunteers, patients and families to ensure everyone’s safety.

“We are all facing an incredibly challenging time, with a lot negativity and fear about the current

situation, but we have also seen acts of great kindness and compassion in so many areas of life.

“Encouraging a culture of Compassionate Communities is at the heart of everything Queenscourt does, and this philosophy of caring as a family member, friend or colleague for others in need, has never been more important.

 

Fundraisers take part in the Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk

Fundraisers take part in the Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk

“Once you have taken care of yourself and your loved ones, please may we ask you to remember your local hospice, as we need your kindness and support more than ever.

“Due to Coronavirus, we have had to take the unprecedented step of closing all Queencourt retail shops and postponing key fundraising initiatives that would normally be taking place over the next few months, including Make A Will month and Star Trekk, our annual night walk

“ This will result in a significant loss of income for Queenscourt, which as a small local charity with a big reach, will hit us hard.

“We would therefore be most grateful for any support that you can give us at this challenging time in the form of a regular or one-off donation.

“Thank You. Our Best Wishes to you all.”

To make a donation to Queenscourt, please go to

www.queenscourt.org.uk/donate

Or phone their Fundraising Team on: 01704 517420

 

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