The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on palliative, neurological and bereavement charity, Sue Ryder, has led to Invesco extending its sponsorship of a Sue Ryder Nurse at its Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire for a second year.
Invesco kindly sponsored Lindsey Pitkin, Sue Ryder Registered Nurse, throughout 2021. During this time, Lindsey has helped support 87 patients and their families, making over 230 visits in and around the local community.
Lindsey, who works 12 hour shifts caring for her patients in their home said, “I love working for Sue Ryder and I am proud to be the Invesco sponsored nurse. I would like to thank Invesco for their ongoing committed support, which means I can be there for more families when it matters.”
Head of the Hospice at Home team, Sylvia Thomas added: “The past two years have been some of the toughest times to work through for our healthcare teams, but we have really seen just how resilient our teams are while amazing supporters like Invesco have rallied around us. It has been humbling to see how everyone has come together in the hardest of times to make sure our care can continue.
“The news that our friends at Invesco, who have always been so supportive of our work, decided to extend their sponsorship of one of our Sue Ryder Nurses for another year comes as a tremendous boost to us all at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. This is an incredibly generous gift.”
Claire Myers, Charity and Community Engagement Manager at Invesco said: “We’re committed to supporting Sue Ryder and we’re aware of the fantastic work care teams and nurses like Lindsey have been doing to keep on being there when it matters. We wanted to continue our support for them for a second year to help that care continue.”
Alongside her colleagues, Lindsey works to provide palliative care services to people in their home, delivering both rapid response and long term planned care in the community.
Lindsey adds, “We cover a large geographical area visiting patients in their own homes. We support them with personal care and symptom management and administer pain relief and medication as needed.
“We are also there to support the family of the patient with anything they need. Quite often we visit patients up to three times a day if they are unsettled or we are concerned about them.
“As well as our visits we liaise very closely with our other teams such as the physio team, occupational therapists, social workers, doctors and bereavement support to make sure we provide the best all round care package to our patients.”
This care helps make a real difference to local families, as one family member shares, “Your care has been invaluable and we are eternally grateful for your support. You enabled my loved one to die with dignity – thank you.”