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Willow Special Treats: a huge thank you!

April 8, 2021

This week we reached a big milestone: we’ve now sent out over 150 Willow Special Treat comfort packs to young men and women in palliative and end-of-life care across the UK.

Your support has brought light to people going through some of the toughest times, so on behalf of all our beneficiaries, their friends and families, our health professional partners, and everyone at Willow, we’d like to say a huge thank you!

Lockdown created big challenges for Willow and our Special Day service. But thanks to your support we’ve been able to adapt and innovate. Since January we’ve been sending out Willow Special Treats – individually tailored packs of comfort and joy – to young men and women age 16-40 in palliative and end of life care. We’ve worked with Hospice UK and health professionals across the UK to reach young people who’s support has been severely impacted by lockdown, and brought a little bit of sunshine to people going through the toughest times.

This new service has allowed us to fill a real gap in services that have faced big challenges over the past year. Community nurse Jilly from Sheffield told us

“I wanted to do something special for one of my patients, a young woman called Lisa, but when I did research there seemed to be many groups supporting children, which is lovely of course, but not as many for young adults. I had to email several organisations before someone suggested I contacted Willow.

“When I spoke to the team at Willow they were brilliant, so supportive and thoughtful. This is a time when our patients need to know that people care. It made me feel so happy to know there was a charity that could help Lisa – so often young adults can get overlooked.  I will recommend Willow to all my colleagues.”

Willow receives no funding from the government so we’re only able to continue our work thanks to our supporters. We’ve got big plans to send out even more Special Treats in the coming months, and, as lockdown eases, re-establish our Special Days service.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted by a medical referrer by completing this form.

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