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Monday 6th November 2023
A message from Francis House CEO David Ireland and Gill Bevin Registered Manager and Director of Care.
We wanted to give people an update on the situation at Francis House.
The Hospice seems a very different place, the Fundraising team and many of the support staff are now on furlough during the lockdown and as you know our planned fundraising events have been put on hold until August at the earliest.
Francis House continues to offer support to our families in the following ways:
In addition, we are in discussions with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and other NHS providers to see how we can help relieve hospital beds for use by COVID-19 patients.
We are currently in a quiet time whilst we prepare for the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. Amidst all of this we must not forget the seven residents at our residential facility, 463, who are struggling with their life-limiting conditions in addition to the lockdown. It is so important that we keep them safe.
Whilst dealing with the current situation we also need to be prepared for the aftermath, the increased need for respite to relieve weary parents; the different emotional support needs of various members of our families and the many emergencies that will result from sick young people being unable to access their normal hospital appointments, specialist consultants and life enhancing activities. We are going to be very busy for some time to come!
Having said all of the above, it has been heartwarming to be on the receiving end of:
In addition, we have been impressed by the speed with which the Government has responded to the financial problems of all of the Hospices nationwide, both by providing emergency assistance promptly and paying the NHS England annual grant earlier than usual.
We certainly feel on the receiving end of a tremendous amount of both local and national support and we thank every single one of you for your response and goodwill.
We must also recognise the contribution of our dedicated staff (including three very special volunteers) who continue to show their concern for our families, who have trained and prepared the Hospice for the worst of scenarios and who will be there to pick up the pieces when the world begins to return to something like normality.
To everyone we say thank you, please keep in touch and most of all – keep safe!
David Ireland, Chief Executive Officer
Gill Bevin, Registered Manager and Director of Care
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