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Show St Christopher’s the love this leap year

Leap year appeal 2020

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3 February 2020

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What are your plans for this leap year?

You might be planning to have a special meal with your family, get your nails done or even take advantage of Irish traditions and propose to your partner. But, for over 1,000 people living in your community, their leap year is in your hands.

It costs St Christopher’s £60,000 a day to provide care for people in your community and, this leap year, I’m asking you to help us meet this additional cost. Every year we work tirelessly to raise the money needed to care for the growing numbers of people who need our support and this year, with the added pressure of funding an extra day of care, we really do need you. Any gift you can give, big or small, will help local people get the care they need.

Olusegun and his wife Nicole renewing their wedding vows

People in your community are relying on our St Christopher’s community to support nurses like me this leap year. People like Olusegun (right), who has been staying at the hospice and who was able to renew his wedding vows to his wife Nicole in front of their children and family.

Olusegun’s dying wish was to be able to celebrate their love in this way and in a matter of days the community rallied round to make this happen – providing flowers, decorations and doing everything they could to make this day really special for them.

My fellow nurses and I have been caring for Olusegun for a couple of weeks now and feel privileged to be there at this difficult time; sharing the joyous moments of love and the more painful emotions as the family say their goodbyes. But I won’t be the only one caring for people like Olusegun on my extra day – all of my hospice colleagues will be hard at work making this extra day as comfortable, pain-free and enjoyable as possible this year.

It costs St Christopher’s £60,000 a day to provide care for people in your community

Joe and Nigel during a home visit
Joe and Nigel during a home visit

With your help my colleagues, like Nigel, will be providing vital support for people in their own homes. Most people we support want to stay at home, surrounded by their family and in comforting surroundings.

Your support enables Nigel and my other community nursing colleagues to make this a reality for over 1,000 people every day, including people like Joe (above) who has terminal cancer. A donation of just £100 would cover the cost of Nigel’s visit and help someone like Joe to stay in the comfort of their own home.

However you choose to spend your extra day please spare a thought for people in your community by showing St Christopher’s the love this year. Thank you.

Sue Morgan, Staff nurse at St Christopher’s

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