Since receiving news of the Coronavirus outbreak, Ashgate Hospicecare has followed all health guidelines and introduced sensible and precautionary plans to ensure patients and their families, staff, volunteers and the wider community are kept safe during this difficult time.
The Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk was due to take place on Saturday 11th July 2020. However, the hospice has decided to postpone their flagship event and Chesterfield’s biggest fundraising event until the provisional date of Saturday 19th September 2020.
Carl Jones, Fundraising Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said:
“It is with a heavy heart that we have had to postpone the Markovitz Sparkle Night Walk until September, but our priority is keeping everyone as safe as possible during these unprecedented times.
“We’ve kept a close eye on the emerging situation and provisionally moving the date back to September should give us a better chance of still being able to throw North Derbyshire’s biggest party later this year. We will continue to review this revised date to ensure it remains a safe alternative.
“We would ask that the community keeps fundraising for us and supporting us through the coming weeks and months. We rely on our community, now more than ever to enable us to provide vital care to those who need us the most.”
Ashgate Hospicecare has also put other sensible and precautionary plans in place with their main priority being infection control and prevention to protect their patients, their families, supporters, staff and volunteers. These include:
- Temporarily closing all shops and coffee shops which are distributed all around North Derbyshire to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, and to protect the wellbeing of the hospice’s donors, customers and staff.
- Limiting the number of visitors to a patient at the hospice’s IPU to one adult at one time.
- Checking all visitors’ temperatures on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature signifying illness will not be able to enter the hospice.
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