Kitsons has become the first local business to directly fund a children’s hospice nurse at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon.
The firm of solicitors, which has offices in Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth, has pledged £1,000 towards CHSW’s ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ campaign, an exciting new corporate initiative that allows business to contribute directly to the vital funding of a nurse for the hospice. The initiative is asking 30 local businesses to contribute £1,000 each to collectively cover the cost of a qualified children’s nurse for a year. Kitson’s contribution will directly help fund paediatric nurse, Lorraine Langmead, who has worked at Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon, for 10 years.
Naomi Dymond, Corporate Fundraiser for Little Bridge House, says, “We are so excited to have Kitsons joining us as our first business to sign up to our ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity for local companies to make a vital difference to the families who use our services, by supporting our wonderful specialist nurses in such a tangible way.
“As a corporate fundraiser, businesses often approach me asking for ways to contribute. The ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ scheme is the perfect initiative for businesses to take part in, in the knowledge they are contributing to the frontline of hospice work.”
James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons, says: “We are delighted to be the first business to be part of the ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ initiative at Children’s Hospice South West, which is putting the unsung work of the care team at the hospices into the spotlight.
“At Kitsons we are committed to supporting good causes in the South West, which make a real difference. We are thrilled to be helping to fund a nurse; their work is a vital element of the multidisciplinary team at Little Bridge House.”
Paediatric nurse, Lorraine Langmead, said: “The hardest part of being a hospice nurse, without a doubt, is the inevitable end-of-life experience. I often nurse a child at the end-of-life stage that I may have known along with the rest of the family for a number of years. I feel a huge responsibility to keep their child comfortable and pain free, in order to give the family a relaxed environment to cherish their final days and hours together.
“So when people say ‘I don’t know how you do your job’ to me, as a nurse, it is an absolute privilege to be able to care for these children and families, and if I can continue to make any kind of difference to each one of them, I am honoured and know my job is worthwhile.”
To find out more information on how you can get involved as a ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ donor visit http://www.chsw.org.uk/sponsor-a-nurse or give Little Bridge House a call on 01275 866600 and speak to Naomi Dymond.