News - Spring/Summer 2020
Please find a message from our Chief Executive below and a link to the St Leonard's Hospice Spring/Summer 2020 Newsletter at the bottom. 
Posted Jun 01

News - Spring/Summer 2020

I hope this message finds you well.  I don’t say these words lightly, none of us do these days. I don’t know how you are right now, and I don’t know what you are facing personally but this situation has been challenging for us all, impacting our work and relationships, and our physical and mental health.  So, I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

For St Leonard’s Hospice, much has changed over the past few months. We have dramatically changed the way we work in order to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. We have cared for, and will continue to care for, patients with COVID-19. We have shut the Sunflower Centre, cancelled fundraising events and closed our shops. Most painfully, we had to stop family visits. That was a really hard decision to make, but it was the right thing to keep our patients, the most vulnerable in our society, safe.

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to care. Our clinical team are still here for patients day-in, day-out. Our bereavement support services are now being delivered by telephone. Our Hospice@Home Team have seen such an increased demand for care in the local community that we are collaborating with the York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Community Specialist Palliative Care Team to reach everyone who needs us. We are still here, and we still need your support.

We know that this is a marathon, and not a sprint. It’s still very uncertain what the “new normal” will look like but we do know that coronavirus will have significant effects on the way we live for a long time. I am so grateful to those of you who have already supported our #Unite+Protect campaign. I’m here to ask you to please keep supporting us, in any way you can, whether by a one-off donation or regular gift. If you can’t, I completely understand, and there are lots of other ways you can get involved.  It will make a world of difference, and make your local community a more caring place for people with life-limiting illnesses.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the newsletter. And take care. I really mean that.

Emma Johnson,
Chief Executive

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