Thanks are being given to the special nurses who look after seriously ill children with life-limiting conditions, this International Nurses’ Day (May 12).
Derian House Children’s Hospice is appealing to the public to show their support by saying thank you for the dedication, hard work and care that its nurses give to more than 400 children and young people from across the North West, day in, day out.
The Sponsor a Nurse campaign – launched today (Tuesday) – invites donors to pledge, raise, or donate £150 for the charity to sponsor one of its dedicated care staff for a day.
And with 2020 being the NHS Year of the Nurse & Midwife, as well as marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale – there is even more reason to recognise the extraordinary work done by Derian’s extraordinary nurses every single day of the year.
Michelle Blackett, a specialist children’s nurse who works at Derian House, said: “Although there have been many touching moments over the years, what I can never really get over is the strength of human spirit that comes through in the darkest times in families’ lives – especially from the children.
“Our ultimate aim at Derian House is to give families special memories. We cannot change what is happening, but we can hold their hand and guide them through.”
Derian House nurses and support staff care for children and young people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In one year they provide:
- 1,405 hours of respite care to give families a much-needed break.
- 460 sessions of bereavement counselling and support for parents, grandparents and siblings for as long as they need it.
- 582 visits to children and young people in the community
- 124 nights of care and support in our sunflower rooms (where children lay at rest giving families precious time to say goodbye)
The Chorley-based hospice offers respite and end-of-life-care to more than 400 children and young people, as well as their families. It costs more than £4.8 million to run services every year, and yet the charity relies on the generosity of its supporters for 93p of every pound.
The Sponsor a Nurse for a Day campaign aims to raise £25,000 for the charity. If every single day of the year was to be sponsored, the figure would come in at an impressive £54,750.
People are being invited to pick a special date they would like to sponsor a nurse on – whether in memory of a loved-one, on their birthday, anniversary or any other important date. Groups of friends, families, schools, businesses and community groups are also invited to take part, joining together for a fundraising challenge.
One mother said: “Never did I ever think I would feel comfortable leaving our little boy in somebody else’s care other than mine or his Dad’s. However yesterday that day came and our son spent the evening and this morning at Derian House and my gosh what an amazing time he has had. He is so content and chilled out and it feels like we too have had a respite and recharge. The stuff that goes on behind those doors is impeccably heart-warming. What an amazing place full of amazing people! We are very grateful to be a part of the Derian family.”
Kevin Bedford, Head of Income Generation at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “It takes a special person to be a Derian nurse. It’s not just the children we care for, we also put our arms around the whole family – including siblings, parents and grandparents too.
“The breadth of skills our nurses use in an average day at Derian is awe-inspiring. They might be caring for a child at the end of his or her life, and then have to turn their attention to joining in a sing-a-long or an arts and crafts session.
“Our nurses give families the chance to just be families, not nurses or carers. We give them a chance to make the very most of the time they have together. That’s why our Sponsor a Nurse for a Day campaign isn’t just about raising vital funds, it’s also about recognising the wonderful work our nurses at Derian do, every single day of the year.”
Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/sponsoranurse to find out more.