As we’ve adapted to new ways of working, many staff are covering different roles to support our service delivery, and make sure we remain best placed to provide the high-quality care and support we’re known for.
Sophie Peckham, our Community Fundraising Manager, recently spent time working with Housekeeping colleagues. Here she shares what she learnt from the experience.
“I’m a big fan of Mrs Hinch (from Instagram, for those that haven’t heard of her) and I love a bit of housework so I jumped at the chance of doing a shift with the Housekeeping Team.
I really enjoyed the chance to do something different and get to know my colleagues more. In particular I learnt three things while shadowing my Housekeeping team colleagues:
1. Keeping the hospice clean is a better workout than any Joe Wicks PE session! The number of steps our Housekeepers cover in a shift surprised me. It’s hard work cleaning the bathrooms and the Octagon, and you can build up quite a sweat
2. The team do a lot of loads of washing! Laundry isn’t my favourite thing so I tend to avoid it at home but you can’t do that in the hospice. In two shifts I think I did about six loads of washing
3. Like Mrs Hinch and many others in the #HinchArmy, the Housekeeping team love a microfibre cloth and have colour coded cloths for the different area of the hospice, helping keep us all safe. It turns out it wasn’t Mrs Hinch that started that trend, it was our very own #LilacArmy the marvellous Housekeeping team.
I loved my time with the team, and it was great to see first-hand how hard they each work to make sure our hospice is clean and infection free, protecting us, our patients and their visitors. That’s always been important, but it’s never more important than now.
Our Housekeepers are doing an incredible job on the frontline, providing a service as vital as the one our doctors, nurses and therapists provide. The hospice feels like a home from home for many people, and the lovely atmosphere is largely down to its clean and fresh feeling!
Spending time with the team also reminded me why it’s so important that myself and my fundraising colleagues keep inspiring people in our community to support our hospice, so we can continue to be here for everyone who needs us.”