Dig deep for Jessie May

January 26 2021

AFTER the troubles of 2020, Kingswood-based charity Jessie May is asking residents to help spread joy by supporting its Christmas Appeal.

Jessie May provides hospice-at-home care for children who have a terminal or life-limiting condition. This specialist palliative care is free to families, but Jessie May relies on voluntary donations to provide it. It costs over £1,228,037 each year to continue.

The charity supports more than 180 families across the South West. Life for many of them can feel isolating and restrictive at the best of times. But the pandemic has hugely magnified it for all them. 

Chris Roys, chief executive of Jessie May, said:  “During the first national lockdown back in March we had to adapt our services greatly, meaning that we had to prioritise those children and families who needed the most urgent medical treatment. Our specialist nurses would go into family homes covered head-to-toe in PPE, which I’m sure you can understand would be quite frightening to a lot of our younger children, and especially babies.”

With the nation back in the grips of a second lockdown, the service is needed more than ever for families  facing an even more isolated Christmas than they have ever experienced. 

Meanwhile, Mr Roys added:  “The usual festive fundraising that we would see at this time of year from our community is practically non-existent, and so to be able to continue supporting these families over Christmas, we can’t do it without help.” 

To donate £5 text JESSIEJOY to 70085, or head to www.jessiemay.org.uk/christmas-donation.