Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s Chief Executive, Kate Heaps will be delivering her heartfelt thanks to Hospice staff, volunteers, supporters and the local community during Maritime Radio’s traditional Christmas Day message. Kate’s message, which will be broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day, will acknowledge the support of those who stood by the Abbey Wood based hospice during the most difficult and challenging year of its 26 year history. Kate will also speak about the pride she feels for the care, compassion and respect given by the team to families in spite of the risks to health of Hospice staff.
Throughout the first lockdown, the Hospice faced unprecedented demand for their services as they continued to provide the very best care and support to people facing the end of their life. During this time, their regular charitable income stopped almost overnight as all their fundraising events were cancelled and their retail shops were forced to close.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in the uncertainty, but hopefully more positive year of 2021, the Hospice is once again calling on the community to support their Christmas Appeal. With a difficult winter ahead and ongoing concerns around Coronavirus, support is needed to provide nursing care to patients in their own homes over winter and beyond.
Duncan Martin, Director of programmes at Maritime Radio, said, “every year we like to give a member of our community a chance to reflect on their year and this Christmas, following on from a very difficult year for everyone, we’re pleased to have Kate from the hospice delivering our Christmas message. We regularly checked in with the hospice during the lockdowns and Kate’s message will form a key part of our Christmas Day schedule.”
You can listen to Kate’s Christmas Message on Christmas Day at 3pm.