Hello lovely Support Group members – How are you managing?
Here is a lovely photo and comment from one of our wonderful Bear Shop Ladies – Alison.
Pam and I went to see Robert at his Bear Shop in Elm Hill. As previous readers of the Newsletter and website, you will know he invites us to ‘do’ the charity (PBL) teas every year when he opens his beautiful garden for the NGS and Norfolk Heritage Days. It was lovely to see him but the city is still very quiet, as was the shop. We had our masks and gloves at the ready.
Alison is facing the same dilemma as a lot of us. Not easy – balancing the risk of more socialization with the risk of contact with this deadly virus.
Do let me know how you are all facing this difficult time? Do share any stories of how you are getting through the weeks. I know I have not completed any of the tasks that I diligently wrote down for myself in March!!
This is from Alison looking lovely despite her (in my opinion) unfounded worries about Lock Down Hair!!
I should’ve taken a photo of the cakes before I packed them – so much individual wrapping isn’t very photogenic and doesn’t help cake look inviting so I hope putting them in a pretty box helped!
Last week I took Chocolate Brownie and Delia Smith’s Ginger Tray Bake. My husband was thrilled with the ginger one which is a recipe from way back that I haven’t made for years and I’d forgotten is one of his favourites.
As lockdown eases we are wondering how to edge ourselves into a little more contact without compromising the protection that shielding has given my husband. It seems a bit daunting, so being occupied baking treats for the wonderful people at PBL is a wonderful distraction and a way of feeling that I can do something useful for the world outside.
I am so glad you went to see Robert. Did you sit in his amazing garden for a while? We will all miss visiting it this year. Let’s hope we can enjoy it with him next year.
Lots of good wishes
These are made by Alison and Elizabeth. Alison also had to get someone to take them into PBL . As you can see we are all interdependent on our drivers and also our friends and relatives. Alison said, “As we are shielding my husband, Joy collected everything and delivered to PBL. Rupert thought he would be doing one of his driving stints yesterday, but as he wasn’t and Joy had to be in Norwich, she very kindly came instead.”
Wonderful Flapjack and Chocolate Fudge Cake from Alison. (I can tell you from doing shift with Alison at the Bear Shop last year that her Chocolate cakes are just delicious.) And Blueberry Muffins, (before wrapping in cellophane), delivered by my nephew Olly, who has been wonderful during this strange time.
You may all remember that when this lockdown started, the wonderful Bear Shop ladies, who normally bake for the teas at the Bear Shop in Elm Hill, began to bake cakes for the staff at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.
“We organized a rota and one cake was delivered to the Lodge every week. However, we had to adapt to new Infection Control Measures and started to make individual cakes which we could wrap.
Although some of us are not as clever with our cameras as with our baking skills, I thought you may like to see some of what has been made – tasty Lemon Drizzle Muffins baked by Rachel and Amazing Grantham Gingerbread baked by Margaret.”
Claudia Mcinally has raised a fantastic amount of money for PBLSG in memory of her adored father Frank Macinally – thank you so much Claudia.
Claudia had wanted to make it a specially memorable day and had organized an Inter-city pub Tug-Of-War, a Rod Stewart tribute act, a Karaoke session, a children’s entertainer, fun and entertainment, all with fantastic food throughout the day, but due to the Corona Virus all this had to be cancelled.
Luckily – and with great foresight – Claudia had organized a pre-fund raffle. People were amazingly generous and donated fabulous prizes. A huge effort was made by Claudia and her friends and family, and this was how she managed to raise the £600.00.
Below is Claudia with her beloved Dad Frank Macinally on her wedding day, and in the above image she is handing over the cheque for £600.00 to Angela Beard, Senior Staff Nurse at PBL.
Around two weeks ago, our sister charity Priscilla Bacon Hospice put out a request for rainbows to be displayed at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, to lift the spirits of the wonderful NCH&C NHS staff and their patients.
To date, almost 100 have been received! More than 70 are already on display in the entrance of the Lodge and more are being hung up every couple of days. As well as paintings and drawings, people have also sent beautiful knitted and stained glass rainbows, plus some lovely letters to the staff, which have been passed on.
The idea started when 4-year-old Alex Kendall from Sprowston painted the very first rainbow, “for the poorly people”, and it has grown from there!
Thank you so much to everyone who has got involved with this so far. If you would like to make a rainbow, please send it to the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Fundraising Team at the following address and they will drop it off safely at the Lodge:
Priscilla Bacon Hospice Fundraising Office
9-11 Drayton High Road
Handmade hearts, personal messages and a new support helpline have been launched to support bereaved families in Norfolk.
Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust (NCH&C) has set up the telephone service, which will be operated by chaplaincy staff and bereavement volunteers from Priscilla Bacon Lodge, seven days a week.
Those who have lost a loved one will receive a postcard detailing the Bereavement Support Helpline along with a personal message from the clinician who cared for the patient. This will be accompanied with a handmade heart which the patient would have been given during their care. This will be sent in sealed clear bag along with the postcard to the family of the deceased, the bag must remain sealed for 14 days to ensure there is no risk from infection control.
Tracey Dryhurst, Team Lead Psychological Service in Specialist Palliative Care, said, “Bereavement is always a time of great sadness and change for families and individuals, but at this time these feelings will be heightened by the social distancing and the isolation that this brings.
“Normally, we turn to one another for comfort in grief and so this Bereavement Support Helpline will give people the opportunity to have their story heard and understood. They can also gain information about practical ideas to cope with the thoughts and feelings of loss, and be connected with other bereavement organisations locally and nationally.
“We would like families and individuals of the patients that we have cared for to know that we continue to support them during this difficult time.”
Mark Nicholas, CEO of Priscilla Bacon Hospice, said “We are delighted to donate the postcards that are being used to signpost the new Bereavement Support Line. This is a brilliant initiative from our NCH&C colleagues, as these postcards will spread the message across the county to those in greatest need.”
The helpline will be open between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week, on 01603 255728.
If you crochet, or knit, and would like to make some hearts, they would be greatly appreciated. Because they will be going in to the hospice, they must meet certain rules for health and safety reasons. Please click here for all the details you will need.
In response to the recent request for rainbows to decorate Priscilla Bacon Lodge for the amazing NCH&C NHS Trust staff and their patients, 11-year-old twins Ed and OB have really gone the extra mile!
They have produced an activity booklet called ‘The Rainbow Read’, which is being shared within the Lodge and in the wider care community. We are delighted to share it with you too – download your copy here.
The boys’ Mum, Emma Boore, told us, “They had lots of fun putting it together and it kept them out of mischief! At a time when their world has been reduced to the physical boundaries of their home and village, and friendship and family contact via social media; this has really helped them to realise they are not as isolated as they sometimes feel.”
We hope you enjoy completing the fun puzzles and quiz that Ed and OB have put together. We hear work on Issue 2 is already underway, so look out for more of The Rainbow Read coming soon!
Staff were delighted to receive a donation of plants from Notcutts Garden Centre in time for the Easter weekend.
With the country in lockdown and as a non-essential business, Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich had to close their doors at one of their busiest periods. However, they wanted some of their stock to help make a difference during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Richard Greenacre, General Manager at Notcutts Garden Centre explained: “It is such a shame that our beautiful plants cannot be sold at the moment, so we wanted some of them to go to a good home. We have previously raised funds for Priscilla Bacon Lodge, so thought that 300 ‘Pink Kisses’ would help to brighten up the Lodge for the patients and the staff who work so hard to provide the best end-of-life care”.
Becky Cooper, Head of Palliative Care Services for Priscilla Bacon Lodge, said: “On behalf of everyone at Priscilla Bacon Lodge and the Colman Site, I would like to say a massive thank you for this wonderful donation, which is appreciated by all staff.”