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Coronavirus: Noah's Ark jumps into action

26 MARCH 2020

Our teams across the charity have jumped into action to support the children most at risk from coronavirus - and we're supporting the NHS.

The children supported by Noah’s Ark Children's Hospice are the most vulnerable to coronavirus. They’re immuno-compromised and sit in the most ‘at risk’ group. That’s why families are worried; and that’s why our response has been immediate and uplifting.

Supporting the NHS

The first step that we’ve taken is to support our colleagues in the NHS. Woodlands, our newly-opened In-Patient Unit, has six children’s bedrooms  - alongside three family suites - and we’re working with the NHS to relieve the beds’ crisis by making sure that seriously unwell children are utilising The Ark, our outstanding new facility.

Our new therapy resources

As it’s been tricky for our therapists to meet families face-to-face because of Covid-19, we’ve developed a set of brilliant online tools so that families can continue to benefit from their expertise. We know that it’s not only Noah’s Ark families who can use these amazing videos   - there are a lot of other people with children indoors who are using them too!

The videos allow you to follow Freddie the Frog’s adventures or utilise mindfulness and breathing workshops, both with our Drama and Movement Therapist, Amy. We’ve also developed a series of ‘Draw What You Hear’ episodes performed by our Music Therapist, Kirsty. There’s also some guidance on working with your child on their motor control with Lucille, our Occupational Therapist.

We’ve also developed a series of resources, including a child-friendly explanation of coronavirus and the chance to draw some of your favourite Noah’s Ark characters.

Volunteers spring to action

On top of that, our brilliant team of Home Support Volunteers are jumping into action by doing shopping for families and children who are too vulnerable to leave their homes at this time. One mum supported by a Home Support Volunteer said: "I'm just so grateful for Noah’s Ark setting up this service and to the volunteers who help  – it’s a real life-saver!"

Emotional and practical support

Our Family Link team is in touch with all Noah’s Ark families on a regular basis to make sure that they’re receiving all of the practical and emotional support that they need at this time of such uncertainty.

What you can do

We couldn’t have done any of this without you, our brilliant supporters. But we need your urgent support in order to maintain this kind of service to seriously unwell children and their families. Please give generously.

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