We've continued to raise funds, mainly by continuing to sell items that have been donated to the cause, and we have had a large amount of success selling various plants, horse tack, some beautiful little watering cans and numerous other items all while we start to prepare for our next event...
Today, were also lucky enough to handover the very first syringe driver to the Whittlesey community nursing team.
It was gratefully received on behalf of the team by Ingrid Randall (Team Manager, Community Nursing Services) and Deborah Smith (District Nurse - Whittlesey), who provided a little more insight into how these devices are used.
Ingrid explained that there are 2 devices allocated to the Whittlesey area which when both are in use, means the nursing team have to spend vital time travelling around to obtain devices from other locations to fulfil their need, although this is not always possible.
Very often, there may be cases where 2 drivers are needed for an individual, such as cases when multiple medications are needed that cannot be delivered together through one device, or when devices are sent away for mandatory servicing which can take up to 2 weeks for their return.
Ingrid also explained that sometimes devices are needed for longer term care, or get damaged or lost during usage, and as a result this can leave them low in numbers, so any additional devices can make such a positive difference.
The manufactures explained that the"average" life expectancy of a syringe driver if used daily will be around 7 years, but is very much dependent on their usage, and for them not to be dropped into the bath or put into a sharps bin, as Ingrid explained, has been known to happen.
It feels wonderful to know that we have the ability to make a difference and that providing syringe drivers, we are directly helping people who are truly in need.
We really appreciate all the help and donations that we have received to help make the delivery of Driver no 1 a reality. Please forgive us as we continue to bombard, beg and plead for your generosity to keep providing for this worthwhile cause.
Lee, Louise & Sam