Someone Cares was launched in early 2019 in order to provide support to families and children at Alder Hey Hospital. Liverpool is blessed to have the hospital, which treats children from all over the north of England. But those using the hospital can often find their experience to be a combination of trauma, worry and inconvenience. Someone Cares aims to let people know that they are not suffering alone, and that someone is looking out for them in these difficult moments. It does this by offering a mixture of practical and spiritual support:
- Someone Cares bags
- Someone Cares PJs
- Someone Cares prayer support
- Someone Cares pastoral visiting
The project was the brainchild of Jenni Calcraft, who has been a constant visitor to Alder Hey with her own children. She was inspired by the “Bags of Hope” project in Swansea, where a local church donated bags of essential items for parents who were stuck in hospital with their kids on high dependency units.
In February 2019, Freedom Church delivered the first batch of “Someone Cares” bags to Alder Hey. The bags are designed to help parents who might have arrived at the hospital in an emergency situation with their child, and therefore may be in the hospital for several days without access to some basic items.
The bags contain things like toiletries, sanitary items, fresh socks, a snack, chewing gum and other bits and bobs. Most importantly, they contain a card letting the parents know that prayer and support is available. Freedom Church offers a dedicated prayer team, who will faithfully pray for any requests made via the Someone Cares dedicated email address.
In March 2019, the Someone Cares team began delivering part two of its support to Alder Hey. Children who arrive in an emergency are often hospitalised for several nights, and don’t come with any clothes of their own. So Freedom Church has organised the collection and donation of kids pyjamas to Alder Hey, so that staff can give these out to patients to make their stay that little bit more comfortable and homely.
Coming very soon is the third part of Someone Cares – where members of Freedom Church will be joining with the Spiritual Care Team at Alder Hey to deliver pastoral support to patients and families at the hospital.
You can keep up to date with the progress of Someone Cares via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/someonecaresliverpool/