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Southport family back national children’s charity's urgent plea for PPE for the families of seriously ill children

Southport family back national children’s charity's urgent plea for PPE for the families of seriously ill children

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

A FAMILY from Southport has teamed up with a national children’s charity to highlight the urgent need for PPE for the families of seriously ill children.

Many families caring for seriously ill children at home are at risk of reaching breaking point, having to deliver round-the-clock care without external help during COVID-19, because of the shortage of PPE for their carers, warns the charity WellChild.

The charity has received more than 350 urgent requests for PPE such as gloves, aprons, and face masks from families across the country, with numbers growing every day.

Despite the pledge that all carers would be given the right PPE by the Government, it is not always reaching those that need it, with advice for families unclear on what they are entitled to, or how to get it.

In response to the sudden surge in demand, WellChild’s COVID-19 Response Team has sourced more than 76,000 items of PPE, which they are distributing to families across the UK. However, with finite stocks and 60% of the charity’s income expected to be lost this year through cancelled or postponed fundraising events and partnerships, the charity is appealing for help.

Ten year old Dylan Roberts and his sister Pauline, aged 17, from Southport in Merseyside appear in the video catching and passing a box of PPE from the charity’s COVID-19 Response Team to a family in need. Dylan has Cerebral palsy, Cortical blindness, Epilepsy and a range of other complex health issues.

Thousands of vulnerable families hidden in communities across the country are totally reliant on external carers coming into their home. Many are having to cope without the care they need because they have been advised to shield but cannot provide the PPE that their carers need.

Their children require round-the-clock medical care, which is emotionally and physically exhausting for a family to manage on their own. If we do not act fast, many will reach breaking point, placing their children and families at significant risk.

Tara Parker, Director of Programmes at WellChild, who is also a parent carer for her 20-year-old daughter Abigail said: “I know only too well the pressure of obtaining PPE in this crisis. We have not received Abigail’s prescription since February and last week finally got a box of mixed supplies (many of which were not suitable) delivered by an NHS volunteer. The NHS has made a pledge that it will supply PPE for all carers, private, agency or NHS, but it is not reaching those who need it

“WellChild are here for families who need PPE, but with stocks finite and reduced resources we need urgent help to keep the support going.”

You can watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/pxaOamJNduU

Families caring for a seriously ill child can request PPE from the WellChild COVID-19 Response Ream at https://www.wellchild.org.uk/direct-response/.

Individuals and companies can offer their help by making a donation to the WellChild Resilience Fund, or by contacting the charity at www.wellchild.org.uk.

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