Willow Week (11 – 17 May) was created earlier in the year to encourage awareness raising activities to unite Derwentside in support of the region’s only Hospice. This is the first of what is hoped to be an annual event as the date was specially chosen to coincide with two national campaigns which are very special to the cause: Dying Matters Week and International Nurses’ Day.
Willow Week has been designed to raise the profile of the hospice services by asking individuals to organise or take part in virtual or isolated activities which will contribute to increased awareness of the local hospice. Ideas include holding a virtual quiz, filling a jam jar with pennies you find around your home, a daily 10,000 step challenge or simply donating the cost of your commute to the charity. The week isn’t just about generating funds, the team has also come up with ways to get involved without spending a penny, including teaching children about the hospice during home schooling or displaying coloured Willow Trees in your windows.
Kirsty Crozier, Operations Director said: “We would love as many people in the Derwentside community to get behind Willow Week – your success doesn’t depend on special skills or fitness levels, it is simply a week to celebrate the work of your local hospice team in whichever way you choose. We completely understand that fundraising may not be your priority at the moment, but now, more than ever, Willow Burn Hospice needs your help.
The vital work at Willow Burn is funded through generous donations and support from the local community, whilst the hospice does receive a small contribution from the NHS, the facility could not be run on this alone. Due to the restrictions in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, the charity’s shops and café have closed and fundraising has understandably reduced, however the charity would like to pay tribute to all of those who have donated despite the tough times they find themselves in.
“The team at Willow Burn know how special the Derwentside community is and the support has certainly put smiles on our faces over the last few weeks. We will be inviting all of the people who have donated, to the hospice later in the year so that we can say thank you in person with a celebration.”
Willow Burn is a nurse-led hospice located on Howden Bank in Lanchester and is a state-of-the-art facility offering specialist supportive, palliative and end of life care, including in-patient care, respite, day services and bereavement and family support.
To donate to Willow Week, please visit: Donate or text: WILLOWWEEK to 70085 to donate £48
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