Catriona Seed, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care is rowing for City Hospice to support the charity and patients during COVID-19
Palliative Care nurse rows 75 miles to raise vital funds for City Hospice. Catriona has challenged herself with rowing 75 miles on her rowing machine to raise vital funds for the Hospice. She’s set the challenge at 75 miles as this is the average mileage the palliative care team at City Hospice drive around the Community in a week.
Cat qualified as a nurse in 2010 and worked in several areas before moving in to palliative care in 2015 following a spell at ITU in St George’s London. She worked on the inpatient ward at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher before moving to City Hospice in 2018.
So why has Cat set herself this challenge?
“I love working at City Hospice and it’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I feel I want to do something positive during the Covid 19 crisis to help my team and support our patients. With our fundraising events postponed I just want to do my bit to help our charity”.
What is it about Palliative care you enjoy so much?
“ I love being able to take time to be there with patients and their families and support them through difficult and often frightening times. For me palliative care is not about dying but about helping people to live and enjoy the things that are important to them. It’s about allowing people to have choice about their future and supporting them and their families. This includes helping them make decisions about future care, managing symptoms and pain in addition to being there as someone to talk to. Working at City Hospice is like being part of a big family. I feel very privileged to work with such an amazing group of people”.
“It’s a privilege to look after people when they need us most”
“My aunt, that I was particularly close to, sadly received palliative care at the end of her life. It really brought it home to me personally how vital the care and support is that we offer. It’s a real privilege to look after patients and support their families when they need us most”.
Cat told us how the COVID 19 outbreak is presenting challenges for families
“The current situation with COVID 19 is causing extra anxiety for patients and families and they really appreciate it when we visit. Relatives can often be frightened of catching the virus and not being able to support their loves ones or indeed transmitting it to their loved one. There’s lots of anxiety in our community and it’s very rewarding to be able to give people space to share their worries and fears”.
Liz Andrews, Chief Executive at City Hospice said:
“We’re very proud of Cat undertaking this challenge. She’s looking after our patients by day and continuing to support City Hospice in her spare time too. We’d be grateful at any time but even more so at a time when our fundraising events are postponed”.
Cat started her challenge in the middle of April and aims to have run rowed 75 miles by 31st May. It’s a meaningful date for Cat being the second anniversary of losing her aunt.