We’ve been busily preparing the way for our first quiz night event (16th April 2016, St Andrews Hall, Whittlesey, tickets still available ) but at the same time, we’ve been trying to raise awareness and get this into the spotlight.
We’ve been aided by the wonderful people in the Whittlesey discussion group on Facebook and countless others (really too many to name – but you all know who you are!!) to really bring this issue into our communities focus.
It has been growing steadily, but the last 2 weeks in particular has been bonkers!!
It started with Louise writing a heartfelt post to our Facebook page with the underlying impact that unavailability can have. We have never wanted to make this campaign about a person or a particular incident, but about the lack of equipment available to those in need.
We have been asked on so many occasions, “What is a syringe driver”? and the truth is in cold light of day, it’s an automated pump for delivering medicine. “Oh”, is pretty much what people reply. A perfectly valid response, however, when you explain a little further the penny drops, it clicks and people understand.
We’ve had this response from people from all walks of life and more interestingly, from some within the health care profession where they were certainly unaware of the cost of these things.
We have learned that these drivers/pumps had been thrown away, accidently damaged and lost mainly due to a lack of understanding about them.
So, to illustrate the difference that one of these devices can make to a person in need, Louise wrote her piece (you can read it here). This was also posted on the Whittlesey Facebook discussion group and Whittlesey Street life. It was a very poignant piece, but the reaction to it has been more than we could ever dream of.
Since then, we have had so many people contact us to offer support, make donations and offer prizes for our raffle which has been brilliant. To add to this, on Mother’s day we had some amazing news. We received a beautiful letter and an anonymous donation for the full amount for the next syringe driver. To say we were staggered is beyond words.
This has been further backed by Whittlesey Town council, who awarded us £500 from the grant they received from Tesco’s for distribution to worthy causes. To say we were honoured was an understatement (well, they do say that “Every little helps” )
We have also been lucky to have Totally Chocolicious work alongside us by running a raffle for all kinds of chocolate goodies to be drawn on Easter Sunday. This is proving to be very popular, and tickets are available from Total Chocolicious (Click here) or by contacting us (Click here).
Our campaigning through Facebook prior to Louise’s post reached about 250 people and we had on average 70 likes for our page.
Louise posted her story on 2nd March and within 24 hours; this post had reached over 6500 people!!
To say we were blown away is an understatement, but our guess is people have truly grasped the human element of what these machines actually do and who benefits from them. It’s not about the device itself, but about the difference it makes to those in need and their loved ones.
Words will never be enough to thank all those who have shared our story; donated; offered words of support; advice and promoted our cause.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
Lee, Louise & Sam