Communities rally behind Leonard Cheshire Cymru’s social care heroes


Over the Easter weekend, communities across Wales recognised the vital work of Leonard Cheshire Cymru’s social care heroes in the battle against Coronavirus by providing 3D printed PPE- along with chocolate eggs, cookies and pizzas.

Leonard Cheshire’s care staff are on the frontline in the battle against Coronavirus, supporting hundreds of individuals with complex needs in their residential services across Wales. Over the weekend, face masks were provided to its Ty Cym and Danybryn care homes, providing a vital shield against carers becoming infected, and spreading the virus to residents. Danybryn Service Manager Shane Pocock said “Thank you Pentrych and surrounding community… it’s great that in a crisis situation we are so supported”. Morrisons also helped to boost spirits with a donation of Easter eggs to the two services.

Our Llanhennock service near Caerleon received pizzas, cookies and messages. Service Manager Elizabeth James, said that the donations gave staff “a much needed boost… just knowing that there are people in the community who recognise their work at this difficult time made them feel valued.” She said that “The team at Llanhennock have been working under a great deal of pressure over recent weeks caring for residents including one with COVID 19. Thanks to the excellent care those residents have received, they are all happy and well. It has been incredible for me as the service manager to see the team pull together to ensure the residents have everything they need.”

In Dolywern care staff organised Easter activities to keep up morale and created colourful Easter bonnets ahead of an Easter egg hunt. Volunteers also held a virtual coffee morning, using technology to bring people together.

Glyn Meredith, Director of Operations for Leonard Cheshire Cymru, said: “in addition to our Social Care services, we are supporting our customers in the community by providing equipment, volunteers and training to enable them to stay connected virtually with their friends and families. Many of the people we support are shielding and isolating themselves at this difficult time, and may experience loneliness. Anxiety reduces the ability of the body’s immune system to fight the virus and staying connected with loved ones is an important step in managing this. We need the public to help us in doing this.”

Leonard Cheshire Cymru is deeply grateful to all the individuals who have dedicated their time, effort and money; allowing them to continue to keep disabled people safe.

If you would like to get involved and support Leonard Cheshire Cymru and their staff, or volunteer remotely to help support services, please get in touch with our Wales office ([email protected]) . Any donations of treats, PPE or small #actsofkindness are greatly appreciated and uplifting for their staff delivering care and support on the frontlines.