While our social activities are on hold because of the pandemic, some members of Unlocking Warwick have been doing what they can to help the Warwick community, volunteering for the NHS or taking part in vaccine trials. But most have had to stay at home as much as possible.
Secretary Rick Thompson, a former journalist, was asked to help the Myton Hospice Group with an emergency appeal for funds, because their mass participation sponsored events have been cancelled, and making the hospices completely Covid-secure has meant extra expense. The three hospices in Warwick, Coventry and Rugby need to raise £500,000 this financial year.
So this week the hospices have launched ‘My Myton’, a friends and supporters scheme with members pledging £10 a month for 12 months, to make sure Myton gets through this period without having to reduce services and turn people away.
‘My Myton’ was launched with the support of the MP for Warwick and Leamington, Matt Western, who was the first to sign up, and Santa and his reindeer turned up at the Warwick hospice to bring some festive cheer to the patients and their families.
The Myton CEO, Ruth Freeman, said, “We are enormously grateful for the generosity of people supporting their local hospices and helping us as volunteers. We understand why the NHS and care homes have been prioritised by the government during the pandemic, but hospices also provide a vital service and take pressure off our hospitals.
So we hope people will put Myton on their Christmas list and sign up for a year of support via our website” www.mytonhospice.org