The UK’s only baby-specific hospice has announced that it is remaining open during the UK’s second lockdown.
Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice has announced that its three hospices in Coventry, Liverpool and Middlesbrough are to remain open during the UK’s second lockdown.
The announcement comes after the charity was forced to close its doors for five months from the end of March to the beginning of August, in response to the restrictions that were imposed in the UK as a result of COVID-19.
The charity provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and children aged between 0-5 with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions across the nation.
The news of the hospices remaining open during this challenging and unsettling time will come as a welcome relief to the families of the babies and children the hospice cares for after it was recently revealed that eighty-six percent of the families Zoë’s Place looks after said they would still use the hospice during the lockdown.
Many families that seek help, support and care from Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice rely on the daycare and overnight stays the charity provides to catch up on sleep, run basic errands such as the housework or food shop and socialise with friends and family (whether that’s virtually as a result of COVID-19 or in-person before the pandemic hit), whilst safe in the knowledge that their children are in the care of an experienced and trained professional.
However, what was once a 24/7 operation with six cots occupied (when at full capacity) is now a reduced level of service that comprises 3 – 4 days/nights a week, with no more than three children in the hospice at any one time.
This service, which is offered free to those families who desperately need palliative, respite and end-of-life care, comes at a cost of £25 per child, per hour, which the charity cannot meet without the help of fundraisers and donors.
Nick Borrill, Director of Care, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, said:
“When we made the difficult decision to close the doors to the three hospices in Middlesbrough, Coventry and Liverpool in March, we as an organisation – and the team within it – were devastated that we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital lifeline and home-away-from-home our babies, children and their families had come to rely upon.
“Now, to be in the position where we can support the families that come to Zoë’s Place – albeit at a reduced level – during this second lockdown, means the world to the team at Zoë’s Place and, no doubt, to the families and carers of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
“We are so proud of the care team that has been working around the clock to ensure that our hospices remain safe and COVID compliant, and thankful to our supporters that have donated to Zoë’s Place and supported the charity in other ways.”
If you are able to support the charity or donate, no matter how big or small, please visit: https://donate.zoes-place.org.uk/