North-East Encouraged To ‘Vouch For Charlie House’ This Summer

Charlie House launches a alternative gift voucher scheme during Children's Hospice week which will support their services team.

North-east charity Charlie House, which supports babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families, is today (Monday 21 June 2021) asking the people of the North east to give the gift of compassion this Summer by supporting their services team which includes their dedicated children’s community nurse.

The charity has just launched a new alternative gift voucher scheme which will support their services team and coincides with Children’s Hospice Week (21st – 27th June).  Supporters of the scheme who buy the vouchers, which are available in denominations of £5, £10, £25 and £50, will be sent a colourful gift card to keep if purchasing for themselves or be able to send on to a loved one, letting the recipient know that they have supported the Charlie House services team on their behalf. This purchase will allow the team to provide practical nursing care, advice, support and companionship to children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, as they and their families move through their life journey together.

Fiona Fairley, the Charlie House children's community nurse, is a key part of the Charlie House services team who work alongside families with children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Working closely with the rest of the team she provides practical nursing care, offering advice and support in addition to visiting children and families in a convenient and comfortable setting.Describing her role Fiona says, “As a result of the on-going pandemic there was a need to adapt quickly to the emerging needs of families during what has been a very strange and difficult time. There have been times when I have only been able to provide essential home visits, which has meant doing more phone calls, video conferencing and seeing children in hospital. Although I have always been able to provide care at home for patients who are at end of life, or any other essential reason.”

Fiona continues, “On coming out of lockdown, I have been able to increase home visiting again, although this now looks different than before, with PPE, social distancing and COVID testing. I am happy to be able to see patients face to face again in their own homes and this also means I can provide nursing support, training, assessments and nursing care without them having to travel or do everything over a computer.” To ‘Vouch for Charlie House’ and purchase an alternative gift voucher please visit the shop here.

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