We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation and taking any sensible and necessary precautions based on the very latest advice provided by Public Health England. Our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our Julia’s House families, their children, our staff, volunteers and supporters. Here’s an update on the steps we’ve taken so far:
We are continuing to provide care and support to local children and families in their homes, taking all the required infection control precautions, in line with current Government advice. We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis but are planning on providing this vital care as long as we possibly can.
We’ve stopped hospice respite care sessions for the foreseeable future, based on the current evidence and due to the complex needs of the children we care for and their increased vulnerability.
We will be assessing end of life referrals on a case-by-case basis as resources allow, which is what we would normally do. At the present time, we will not be able to provide end of life care if a child has had COVID-19 Coronavirus as we are not supplied with the right respiratory personal protective equipment – these are rightly being prioritised for dedicated COVID-19 and acute units.
We are talking with the NHS to support local health services wherever possible. As well as continuing care for vulnerable children and families in their homes to reduce pressure on the NHS, some of the Julia’s House nurses may work in hospitals as well as provide additional care to children overnight to free up NHS staff and resources. Even the Julia’s House van drivers will be helping to transport local medicines and supplies.
All our shops are now closed. Please keep hold of your donations for when we can open our doors again.
We are reviewing all our fundraising activity on an ongoing basis based on the latest Government advice and where appropriate, events / activities may be postponed or cancelled. Please check individual events here. If you were holding an event and are not sure what to do now, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can see if we can help.
Last but definitely not least. We want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who is supporting us in the work that we do. We are thinking of all of you in these uncertain and difficult times and are so grateful for your continued support – it is making a life-changing difference to our children and families.
This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone. We rely on public funding for 95 per cent of our income and we estimate we will lose approximately £2.8 million income this year which is a devastating blow for us.
We're very appreciative that the Government has recognised the vital work that hospices are undertaking right now - supporting the most vulnerable in the local communities and by doing so, supporting the NHS in its fight against coronavirus. It's also a huge relief to all our staff, especially the nurses and carers, who have worked so hard to adapt the care we're providing for families in these very challenging times.
We don't know specifically what this will mean for Julia's House in terms of funding, that is yet to be worked out, but it will certainly help us towards meeting our estimated £2.8 million drop in income. And that will help us to continue our care for vulnerable children, giving some certainty to the families we support in a time of huge uncertainty in so many other aspects of their lives.
We are very conscious that this unprecedented situation will be with us for a while. Managing the huge impact of Coronavirus will be a marathon not a sprint.
Please continue to support us by making a donation.