Chester accountants help to raise spirits during lockdown

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A Chester based accountancy practice has been helping to raise the spirits of patients living with life limiting illnesses.

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers has sponsored goody bags which have been distributed to patients who have been self-isolating due to the Coronavirus.

The team at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd wanted to do something special for those patients during lockdown and decided to deliver goody bags containing a host of treats including chocolates, sweets, tea bags, biscuits, quiz books, hand cream and scented candles.

The Hospice, based in Backford, provides specialist palliative care in a 10 bedded in patient ward, as well as complementary therapies in a new living well centre and bereavement counselling for adults and children.

“The reaction to the bags and the visit was very positive, some were quite overwhelmed by the gesture,” said Caroline Siddall, director of income generation at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

“We put a lot of time and thought into the contents of the bags as we really wanted our patients to have some lovely treats.

“They really enjoyed seeing a friendly face from the hospice as they have felt so isolated for so long.”

Ellis & Co chose the hospice as its charity of the year for 2020, but due to the Coronavirus fundraising events had to be put on hold.

“When I rang Ellis & Co with details of the under the title of the Well Patients Goody Bag Project they said an immediate and resounding yes knowing that their sponsorship was going to benefit our patients so directly and so personally,” said Caroline.

“On behalf of the team here at the hospice and our patients I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to them.”

John Farrell, director at Ellis & Co added: “When we heard about the Living Well Goody Bag Project, we jumped at the chance to sponsor the project.

“We are very proud to be supporting this project, and the hospice which provides a much needed service in our area.

“Thank you to all the team for making this happen.”

For further information about the Hospice of the Good Shepherd click here.

Picture caption: Chief Executive Margaret Wright helps deliver the goody bags to the Living Well Patients.