Special bags give extra comfort at a difficult time
The families of people nearing the end of their lives at West Suffolk Hospital are now being given special packs to help them stay at their loved one’s bedside thanks to the generosity of a local business.
Meredith Greengrass Funeral Services, which is run by the East of England Co-Op, has donated 500 special comfort packs to the hospital’s My WiSH charity. The bags contain items such as toothpaste, drinks, toothbrushes, deodorant and chocolate for families or carers to use so that they don’t need to leave the bedside.
Feedback from people who have received the bags so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying they have made a big difference at a difficult time.
Jack Robinson, funeral arranger with Meredith Greengrass Funeral Services, said: “We are delighted to support the My WiSH charity because of their values to improve the lives of the people who visit the hospital. We understand that sometimes a stay at hospital can be stressful and unplanned, and that’s why we wanted to provide the essentials to bring comfort in a time of need.
“We are proud to be supporters of the My Wish charity and look forward to working very closely with them in the near future.”
Sam Hobson, practice development nurse for palliative care at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “These visitor comfort packs can be given to carers and family members who may be spending long periods of time at a patient’s bedside in the last days of life.
“They are designed to provide comfort at a difficult time when families may not have the opportunity to get toiletries and snacks at short notice. We are delighted to be able to make them available.”
Sue Smith, fundraising manager with My WiSH charity, said: “I cannot thank Jack at Meredith Greengrass and the East of England Co-Op enough for donating all the items for the comfort packs.
“My WiSH charity is here to enhance the care that our patients get from the NHS, and this is a perfect example of what we stand for. Hopefully these comfort packs will allow loved ones the chance to spend precious time at the bedside of their family members at the time when it counts the most.”