EACH team hoping for out-of-this-world fundraising performance as they head for International Space Station

A group of eight specialist nurses have set off from our hospice in Milton to the International Space Station (ISS) as they attempt to help EACH fill a void in its income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debbi Lynn, Matron, alongside Amber Coogan, Jenna Ridout, Emma May Chitty, Kelly Willett, Nina Dempsey, Aimee Tyrrell and Yasmin Farquhar, Clinical Nurse Specialists, who are part of EACH’s Symptom Management Nursing Service and have worked at EACH
for 26 years between them, are attempting to walk or run 500 miles, the distance from our hospice in Milton to the ISS and back, collectively by the end of May. Their aim was to raise £500, but they have already got over £2,700.

Debbi said: “It’s going really well. A lot of us are running during our outdoor exercise time and a few have home exercise machines. Everyone is motivated and there’s lots of ‘run chat’ going on via our app after work, which
is great for our own morale in lockdown. Quite a few of us are complete newbies to running and there are times when we’ve run quite far from home, then realised how far it is back! We’re getting such lovely support from the rest of the
team, though, and it’s for an excellent cause, so keeps us moving.”

EACH’s Symptom Management Nursing Service provides families with advice and support to manage their child’s health needs and symptoms, from diagnosis to end of life, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Amber said: “Children and their families teach us all great lessons, mainly that death is not the opposite to life, but a part of it. Maximising life and treating symptoms, so the child and family can enjoy their time together, is the most crucial
and special part of my work.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen people have to think outside the box and adapt to continue working, but Yasmin explained this is par for the course being part of the Symptom Management Nursing Service.

“The children, young people and families we support through our roles are dynamic and unique, and we know no two days are the same for them. The symptom management team adapt to the needs of the families, hearing when they say to us that they often
feel isolated, scared and unsure about what is to come over the next days or weeks. We work alongside families to advocate and encourage. We know we may not change the end of the story for families, but we try and do everything to support the chapters
in between. COVID-19 has brought many struggles for charities like EACH, however, the thing that has not changed during this pandemic is our ongoing commitment to families and our work. I’m proud to work for such a passionate organisation and
be part of the symptom management team.”

Asked why people should donate if they could, Debbi added: “Even working at Milton, it’s so hard to capture what EACH means for children, young people and their families, so I’d say go to the website, look at the family stories and videos,
and hear directly from them as there’s nobody that could tell their stories and the importance of EACH’s work better than they do.”

Donate now at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/eachissjourney.

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