Covid-19 in Ethiopia

The first known case of covid-19 in Ethiopia was on 13th February 2020. In April the number of cases began to rise and the government declared a state of emergency to curb its spread. The severe new restrictions included a ban of more than 4 people meeting, an introduction of 2 metre social distancing, a 50% reduction of passengers on public transport, the closure of schools & universities and only cargo & essential goods were allowed to cross the border.

The restrictions have made life in Ethiopia difficult with long queues to get to work or no work at all. If you have no work, you have no income and starvation becomes a bigger threat than Covid-19. Fortunately there have been far fewer cases than the initial estimates by the WHO. Despite very limited medial resources there have only been 1,141 deaths and 71,083 cases in an estimated population of 110 million (23rd September).  Several reasons have been suggested for the lower numbers including, a younger population, the quick response from the government, less widespread travel and previous partial immunity conferred by other endemic infections.

Hospice Ethiopia Stall at Mannington Hall in September

Hospice Ethiopia UK has continued to support Hospice Ethiopia during the pandemic with financial support, assisting with the procurement of PPE and advice about adjusting the day to day running of the hospice. The day unit has been closed and these patients are now supported by phone. Our fundraising has been severely curtailed this year by the pandemic but we were delighted to raise £439 at the Mannington Hall Charities day on September 6th. We’re also very grateful to donors who have set up a standing order, which ensures regular funds for Hospice Ethiopia. If you would like to help Hospice Ethiopia in this way, please email info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk

Our fundraising is used to care for people like Maaza (not her real name) in Addis Ababa. She was a 30 year old lady with cancer of her lower jaw. Following surgery, the wound became infected so it didn’t heal. Her face became distorted by the mass which did not respond to chemotherapy. By the time the Hospice Ethiopia nurses met her, she hadn’t had a proper might’s sleep for 3 months. The pain & distress were overwhelming. The nurse reported Maaza “felt sad, hopeless and unworthy”.

The nurses visited her frequently at home; they provided medicines & dressings to control the pain & infection. They also gave her information about her illness as she previously had no understanding about it.

Although her illness could not be cured, her quality of life was greatly improved and she and her husband were able to sleep at night. Two months later, Maaza died peacefully at home with her family, free from pain & distress.

Recent fundraising successes

During the build-up to Christmas we’ve had several very successful fundraising events including a talk by Sue & Jamie at Ranworth Church, bag packing at Tesco’s in Aylsham, St Michael’s Christmas Tree festival and Carols in Aldborough Community Centre. These events have raised just under £900 in total. Very many thanks to all those who supported Hospice Ethiopia at these events.


For the second year running Hospice Ethiopia UK was accepted to take part in The Big Give Christmas challenge. We are delighted that we received 42 donations, which with the matching funds and gift aid totalled the fantastic sum of £10,425. This will pay the nurses’ salaries at Hospice Ethiopia for 6 months. We could not have raised such a phenomenal amount without our supporters’ generosity; we are truly grateful.


Following a talk to Holt Rotary club in October, we are very grateful to Maureen Ford for talking to a Rep from Welland who has supplied over 500 colostomy bags for the patients of Hospice Ethiopia who have a stoma. Colostomy bags are not available at all in Ethiopia, so this donation will really transform the lives of patients. Sue will deliver some of these to hospice Ethiopia when she visits in February.

Below is the lovely and festive HE Christmas tree at St Michael’s Church in December:

xmas tree

 

The Big Give 2019

Many of you have generously made donations in the past that have helped provide crucial care for patients. We’re very excited to let you know that Hospice Ethiopia UK has been selected again this year to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

We will be raising money specifically to pay for the nurses’ salaries at Hospice Ethiopia for six months. These nurses provide vital care and symptom control in people’s homes for those dying from cancer and other terminal illnesses. They are often their only point of contact, bringing relief to truly desperate people.

Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days, from 12pm on Tuesday 3rd December. So, every pound donated during that period means two pounds for Hospice Ethiopia.

How do I donate?

If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge when your donation will make even more of a difference to Hospice Ethiopia.

After 12 noon on the 3rd December, please visit our page at the biggive.org and follow the instructions. Please note that donations made via other means will not be matched so it’s really important to go through the ‘big give’ website.

Please note if you visit before this date/time you will be unable to donate. Instructions on how to donate will be added on the 3rd December.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk

Many thanks in advance for your support.

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1960s Burger & Boogie evening

1960s evening

What a swell party that was… and we raised over £5000 for Hospice Ethiopia!

Many thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Burger & Boogie 60s-style’ night for Hospice Ethiopia on June 15th.  Now that the dust has settled we can reveal that the event raised over £5,000, which is a fabulous effort and testament to the generosity of all those who support us.  Included in that are several kind donations from people who couldn’t attend the party itself, but wanted to help with the fund raising. 

Special thanks also to everyone who helped, especially Lord and Lady Dannatt, who generously gave us the use of their beautiful home, and all the donors for the raffle and auction of promises.  So many people gave freely of their time, including all our wonderful volunteers, our brilliant DJ Dan, and of course our demon auctioneer Dave Robinson. 

Words can’t express how grateful we are to you all.  As you know, the money will go to fund the wonderful work our friends at Hospice Ethiopia are carrying out.  Your generosity will make a huge difference to desperate people. 

Thank you. 

 

Spring fundraising

Fundraising has got off to a good start this year with several successful events in Aylsham and further afield. Steph & Wendy’s cake stall raised a magnificent £140.65 and Tim Morgan swam 5km (the third year running that he has swum in aid of Hospice Ethiopia UK) and raised an amazing £1,388. Sue & Jamie enjoyed a warm reception at Horncastle Lions and Rotary club dinner and following their presentation were delighted with over £1,100 being donated.lions horncastle

Upcoming event

1960’s style

Burger ‘n’ Boogie

Saturday 15th June 2019

At

The Mill House, Keswick, Norwich

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Dannatt

in aid of Hospice Ethiopia

2 course meal + dancing+ auction of promises+ raffle from 7pm

Tickets: £35

(£30 early bird bookings before May 1st)

Tickets from: Clare Glenn 01263 734853 or Eventbrite

Successful fundraising in November & December 2018

We had a number of successful events to round off 2018; in particular the Big Give, which ran from 27th November to 4th December. We had hoped to raise £8,000 which meant we needed our donors to give £4,000 which would then be matched to raise £8,000. In fact, our donors gave £5,007 (£4,000 of which was doubled) and with Gift Aid the total raised was over £10,000. A fantastic result, which we could not have achieved without so many of our donors taking part.

Other events included Mary Lamb’s Open House event in December, which raised over £2,477, and the Bridge event at the Bishop’s Palace in Norwich, which raised over £1,450.
Below is our Hospice Ethiopia tree, at the St Michael’s Church Christmas Tree Festival in Aylsham:
Xmas tree
Many thanks for all your support in 2018 and wishing everyone all the best for 2019!

650km Vietnam cycling trip

Paul Ayers & Olly Carter are cycling 650km from Hanoi (northern Vietnam) to Ho Chi Minh City (southern Vietnam) over 14 days (with 1 overnight train and a few coach transfers, to help cover the huge length of this country). This is all to raise much needed funds for Hospice Ethiopia.

This trip is self funded and they are being helped by “Intrepid Travel” who encourage sustainable tourism (meaning this trip benefits small Vietnamese enterprises along the route – rural food stops, local laundries, small home stays etc.)

Hospice Ethiopia is a charity close to Paul and Olly’s hearts. Nicola, Paul’s sister, is a palliative care advisor based in Ethiopia and works with their Ministry of Health on a voluntary basis. Her accommodation is paid for by a local church, so any donations go straight to those in need!

Please help them by donating what you can afford, large or small. It really will make a huge difference to those in serious need in the last stage of their lives.

This is the link for their Virgin Money fundraising page:

Aylsham Rotary club donation

Aylsham Rotary club has raised an amazing £3000 to pay for Yohanna, a nurse at Hospice Ethiopia, to go to Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala to study for her diploma in Palliative care.

Yohanna has said the following about this fantastic opportunity:

“My role as a palliative care nurse is to take greater responsibility for patient care and to become a specialist in areas such as pain management, symptom management and psychosocial support. In studying this diploma course in palliative care nursing, I hope that l will be able to make the most of these opportunities as my career develops. I anticipate that this diploma course in palliative care nursing will be the beginning of my lifelong career that will really make a difference in Hospice Ethiopia.”

Sue and Jamie attended a Rotary Club dinner in Aylsham at the Old Forge where Sue was able to update the members and guests about Hospice Ethiopia.

mum rotary talk