Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction Funds Zest Nurse for 4 Years
GeeWizz are so proud to be supporting St Elizabeth Hospice’s Zest programme through the funding of nurse, Catherine Markham for four years.
Funds were raised as part of GeeWizz Charity’s Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk Legacy Auction which raised an outstanding £506,000 in 2020. The auction included over 220 highly collectable items, experiences, and artwork all kindly donated by many famous names worldwide. With thanks to all involved, the auction has left an incredible legacy, supporting care and wellbeing for young adults across Suffolk, including the Zest programme.
With access to Cathy, the fantastic nurse that GeeWizz have funded, families are more easily able to discuss their care needs, manage symptoms, and access opportunities and activities. The GeeWizz Team met Cathy at a recent visit to St Elizabeth Hospice, and her humble enthusiasm and her caring attitude struck all. Cathy expressed the joy that helping families and young adults brings her:
“I feel that I am one of the luckiest people around. I love my job! I get to work with such special young people, they teach me so much every day. And the joy I feel coming into some of the groups and activities and seeing that interaction really makes me feel very lucky, and privileged. So, the funding for my role to allow that to continue, I’m so grateful. Thank you!”
Zest supports young adults with progressive and incurable illnesses, ensuring they can enjoy life to the full. It aims to bridge a gap between children’s hospice services and adult care. At age 16 young adults are aged out of child service care, but adult care can be a daunting transition. Zest recognises that with medical advances and better treatments available today, people with incurable conditions are living longer and need that specialised care suitable for their age. Working closely with the young adults and their families, Zest provides tailored care for everyone, supporting young people’s goals and aspirations is key to their mission. Zest was first established in Suffolk at St Elizabeth Hospice in 2015, and they hope that the scheme will go nationwide.
Weekly Friday sessions at Zest allow young people to meet friends and enjoy group activities. When GeeWizz visited in April, Zest were having a dance party and a craft day, a fantastic, choreographed routine by Richard set to the music from Titanic. Enabling young adults to access this service can reduce loneliness, something that the pandemic brought home for us all.
For more information on the Zest Services, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/how-we-can-help/hospice-care/young-adult-service