Children’s Hospice Week reveals incredible work of Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice in the face of Covid-19 pandemic

This is... Children’s Hospice Week 2020 – taking place between 22 and 28 June to celebrate and raise vital funds for the 54 children’s hospices across the UK.

This year’s awareness week is a little bit different for Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice as care within the children’s hospice is currently suspended, but staff at the children’s hospice have been finding new ways to provide a vital lifeline for families across Cumbria.

From sharing activities on the Jigsaw Family Facebook Group to providing a listening ear to a family in need over the phone, staff at the children’s hospice have continued to provide care, compassion and activities for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. In addition to supporting Jigsaw families, many of the children’s hospice’s care team have joined their colleagues on the Adult In-Patient Unit at Eden Valley Hospice as they provide care for local adults with life limiting illnesses.

But as a charity they have faced unprecedented challenges. At a time when fundraising activities have stopped and their charity shops have been closed, both Jigsaw and Eden Valley Hospice have been in the unfortunate situation whereby the need for specialist compassionate care has increased but charitable income has taken a drastic downturn.

Led by UK charity Together for Short Lives, national awareness week Children’s Hospice Week will celebrate the amazing children and families Jigsaw supports, and their care staff and supporters who have been working so hard during the coronavirus crisis. Jigsaw is now calling on the local community to do something amazing to raise money and help the charity to continue to offer care to children and young adults now and into the future.

“Coronavirus has changed all of our lives, and families caring for a seriously ill child feel more alone than ever,” says Andy Fletcher, CEO for Together for Short Lives. “Lockdown has been so tough for the children and their families and many will carry on shielding long after social distancing ends. So they desperately need the support of their local children’s hospice more than ever. That’s why Children’s Hospice Week is so important this year – it is vital that we pull together to protect the lifeline care that children’s hospices provide for vulnerable families today, tomorrow and long into the future”.

To find out more about Children's Hospice Week click here.