Urgent Appeal: Sponsor a Willow Burn Nurse

Will you sponsor a Willow Burn Hospice Nurse so they can continue to provide exceptional care in Derwentside beyond the impact of Coronavirus?

At Willow Burn our mission is to treasure lives through the provision of seamless personalised high quality care and we have a wonderful team of nurses and healthcare professionals working round-the-clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are the heart and soul of Willow Burn and we are sure you will agree they do an amazing job, even when they are challenged with a pandemic. But the team needs your help.

From the very first step into the hospice I felt really calm and welcome. Its quite a special place because you just feel care rushing towards you.

Willow Burn only receives 30% of our income from the local government. So our other income streams are vitally important to the Hospice but over the next three months we are going to see a huge impact on our finances. We will not be able to raise the income which we usually would. In the last two weeks alone we have had to make huge changes to our income generation plans in order to reduce risk to our patients, volunteers, staff and the public. To date, we have had to temporarily close The Willows Café and our three charity shops, as well as postponing our annual ball and suspending all planned fundraising events until further notice. The Hospice is losing 70% of its income.

We need your help

We are enormously proud of our team and their role in the community – they are dedicated to providing a vital service for people living with a terminal illness and their families in Derwentside but we need your help to continue in the future. If you are in a position to do so, please support your Local Hospice by giving a donation today to sponsor our Nursing Team, it will truly make a difference at a time when our patients and their families need them the most.

Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/sponsorawillowburnnurse

We will leave you with the words of the late Jim Alderson, a volunteer at Willow Burn for over 20 years, his poem says it all…

When you go to Willow Burn
cast your eyes around,
see the angels scuttling by,
so all are safe and sound!

All the hustle and each tread,
the smiles upon on the faces.
Willing hands and willing hearts,
sometimes missed in other places.

Concern, the order of the day
is burned into their being
doesn’t need encouragement
or any overseeing.

Care, compassion, in the eyes,
concern with every touch,
all is freely given
and they never ask for much.

So turn your thoughts to Willow Burn
where caring takes its course!
Ladies, I salute you,
the Angels of the North.

If you would like to make a donation by cheque, please write to: Derwentside Hospice Care Foundation and send to: Willow Burn Hospice, Howden Bank, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0QS
Alternatively call Rachel Todd for further donation options on: 07825510359