Today we are beginning to wonder if lockdown is truly easing as this will bring happiness as well as continued vigilance to ensure our residents remain safe as they are today. We have a cunning plan to share when visits become possible.
I am so proud of staff and families who have done their utmost to ensure all remains well in both our homes, but then I started to think about many other people who have been at our side, helping in many quiet ways.
The delivery of pizzas to staff was a treat and much enjoyed as were the enormous boxes of crisps which arrived one day.
Then scrubs bags came from Guys Marsh HMP. Not only were there bags for staff to take home their uniforms safely, but also a special bag for Baby Jack and for his mum – she is a sister on the Covid Ward at Salisbury Hospital and her real sister is Rebecca, our Ops Manager. Those were received with surprise and delight.
Next came visors from a local architect and Bryanston School, swiftly followed by the many donations from Shaftesbury Scrub Hub of beautifully home-sewn scrubs in their individual bags with a handwritten label attached. These arrived tied up in fabric ribbons – a present for a sunny May morning.
The kindness of strangers, albeit known to some of us, has been heartwarming at this very unusual time: thank you all.
Sara Jacson – Chair of Cedars and Castle Hill House