Help protect patients like Barbara from
being alone

Hear from Barbara about how our services have helped her during the pandemic

My name is Barbara Buxton, I live in Alvaston by myself and have been shielding for the past 12 months. I would like to tell you about the incredible support that I’m receiving from the team at Treetops Hospice. Like many local patients who live alone I will continue to rely on their help as lockdown eases.

I have COPD which means I have had to shield on my own for the past year. I lost contact with my friends and have found the past year so lonely.

Thankfully I was referred to Treetops Hospice for some support and they put me in touch with David, a volunteer befriender. He phones me every week for a chat, and he introduced me to the Virtual Wellbeing Café. The Café sets me up for the rest of my day. It makes me realize I’m not alone and there are other people in the same situation as me.

It gave me the confidence to join a virtual patchwork group. I have also joined the Treetops Adapted Tai Chi classes and signed up to an online art course they introduced me to. There is now only one day of the week when I am not on Zoom doing something; I am busier than ever and have plans to pick up other things as well.

To me, Treetops is unique. It offers people like me an opportunity that I just can’t get anywhere else. They have given me support and are so caring.

Your donation today could give more people like me the opportunity to take part in virtual sessions, make friends and feel less alone. Sadly, as the world comes out of lockdown there are still people with life-limiting illnesses who won’t be able to go out or travel to the hospice for face-to-face contact. Your donation could help reach even more people and give them support, care and friendship.

Your donation today will make a huge difference to patients who need to remain in isolation even as the lockdown lifts.

Your donation could support us to offer:

cups of coffee

A cuppa and chat with friends at our weekly online Wellbeing Café.

The chance to get active, keep fit and stay well with our chair based and Adapted Tai Chi Exercise Zoom sessions.

Group of people doing seated exercises

Support and the opportunity to connect with people in a similar situation via our Carers and MND support groups.