Phyllis Tuckwell has received many wonderful gifts from generous supporters throughout the pandemic.
Wednesday 17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Day, when we celebrate the heart-warming yet often simple actions which really can change people’s lives.
During the pandemic, local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell has seen so many acts of kindness, and would like to celebrate them all, and thank everyone who has made living through this unimaginably difficult situation that bit easier.
It’s often the unexpected little acts of kindness that can mean the most. From the freshly baked cakes which have been dropped round to the Hospice for the doctors and nurses there to enjoy on a tea break, to the Christmas gifts donated to be passed on to patients who were shielding at home. Scrubs and facemasks have been sewn, fundraising challenges have been taken on in homes and back gardens, and gifts of hand lotions and creams have been given to staff to moisturise their skin after so much handwashing. One supporter even made little glass hearts, so that one could be given to a patient on the In-Patient Unit while their family at home kept another, forming a link between them when visiting was restricted. Many people have also been showing their kindness by sending staff thank you letters, and local schoolchildren sent Christmas cards too, all of which mean so much and are so special to receive.
Local businesses and corporate partners have also shown incredible kindness, making donations and holding fundraising activities when they themselves have also often been struggling with the impact of the pandemic on their own businesses.
“Our wonderful community has always been really supportive, but during the pandemic their generosity really has overwhelmed us,” says Sarah Church, Chief Executive at Phyllis Tuckwell. “They have been so thoughtful, dropping round gifts for us and for our patients, to help us through this really difficult time. They seem to know just what we need – from unexpected thank you letters which are so precious to us, cakes to bring a smile to our faces, sandwiches to get us through the day, and even fruit and veg boxes! So many people donated mugs for our Christmas cheer bags which we took to patients at home in December, and many more have been thinking up creative ways to raise money for us, to make up for the fundraising events we’ve had to cancel. We’re so grateful – thank you to you all.”
If you’d like to find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell and the care it provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, please visit www.pth.org.uk.