Coronavirus: Martin House reveals how it's coped in pandemic during Children's Hospice Week

Coronavirus: Martin House reveals how it's coped in pandemic during Children's Hospice Week

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:39am 25th June 2020.

Main image: Clair Holdsworth, director of clinical services at Martin House

Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa is marking Children’s Hospice Week (June 22-28) by highlighting how it has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The charity says it's seen huge changes in the way it's worked
  • It offers support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions across Yorkshire
  • It had been providing emergency care only but has recently started reopening respite care for families 
  • The charity's also missed out on vital funding during lockdown and is still running an urgent appeal

Martin House says the last three months has seen huge changes in the way it cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, due to the outbreak.

Clair Holdsworth, director of clinical services at Martin House, said:

“Coronavirus has forced us to adapt the way we provide care, but we remain focused on our central mission – that every child and young person has access to palliative care when and where they need it.”

Families supported by Martin House have felt the effects of lockdown more acutely than most, with social isolation taking its toll on families, who have been left exhausted after months of providing 24/7 care for their child at home.

Clair added:

“Our families have been shielding throughout the lockdown and beyond to protect their children, and we know that has taken a toll. We’ve been supporting them remotely as best we can, but we know it hasn’t been the same as coming to Martin House.”

Martin House has continued to offer video consultations and its care team has kept in touch with families regularly throughout the lockdown.

martin house childrens hospice week
Martin House is marking Children's Hospice Week

While it remained open to emergency and end of life care throughout lockdown, it is now offering planned respite breaks once again, giving families a break, as well as providing more outreach care in people’s homes.

Clair said:

“We’ve worked with families to make sure we can offer them the kind of care and support they need in the coming months, while putting measures in place to make sure everyone stays safe.”

Martin House says its funding remains badly affected by the pandemic. With most of its fundraising events cancelled, it's lost an estimated £1.7 million.

Clair added:

“When we launched our urgent appeal at the start of the lockdown, people were incredibly generous, and we thank them for that. But we still need your help to continue caring for children and young people in this region.” 

You can support Martin House by donating through its website at www.martinhouse.org.uk/urgentappeal.