Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice has been supporting children with life-shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire for over 10 years. They help expectant parents, babies, children and those living with loss by being caring, positive and pioneering.
Led by a team of nurses and therapists, Forget Me Not provide specialist nursing and care services, respite care and therapy in homes, hospitals and in their hospice building, Russell House. The team offers hope, joy and care for the whole family who can spend quality time with each other during difficult times in a warm, supportive environment.
The Covid-19 pandemic has, unsurprisingly, had a great effect on Forget Me Not and has halted the majority of their fundraising. National lockdown restrictions have closed all 13 of Forget Me Not’s charity shops and many of their major fundraising events and income streams have been cancelled or frozen.
However, one thing the pandemic hasn’t changed is the desperate need that exists for Forget Me Not’s services. Children with life-shortening conditions still need care and families still need support. Being there for families during these challenging times is more important than ever.
Funding from the NET’s Coronavirus appeal, through Calderdale Community Foundation, has enabled Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice to support BAME communities by providing a specialist BAME support worker who actively works within the community to raise awareness of the hospice’s services, ensuring those who desperately need help are able to reach out.
They also support them with cultural challenges and in navigating the complex systems and structures within the local healthcare system, including language translation and signposting to appropriate services. They make regular welfare calls and offer support virtually using online platforms. Funding has supported the 24/7 helpline which means families have access to a skilled nurse who knows their child, who can talk them through how they are feeling, mobilise a care package, even in the middle of the night if that is what is required and help parents to manage everything from their anxieties and signpost additional help such as bereavement support.