Lorenzo has spent his entire life to date in hospital or at our hospice. His family were known to us originally via our perinatal service. His potential condition was diagnosed during pregnancy and we supported the family through the pregnancy helping them to come to terms with what their life might entail once Lorenzo was born.

Lorenzo is one of 6 children. Part of the reason he has never been able to live at home is because mum and dad need to move home into a bigger house that needs a range of adaptations in place, and it has been very difficult to find something suitable. Then COVID hit, all house moves were prevented, any building work would not have been able to take place and mum and dad, and all the siblings were no longer able to visit Lorenzo in hospital. From an NHS point of view, Lorenzo was at risk of COVID transmission if he was in hospital when he didn’t need to be there.

Lorenzo has been with us since March. His family visit whenever they want to as we have developed a secure means for them to come in and out of the hospice. Our nursing has improved Lorenzo’s health to the point where he no longer needs any medications and is now ready to go home. A new home is being prepared as we write and we have been supporting the family with home visits to help them manage Lorenzo’s care and help him to enjoy time with and get to know his siblings.

A Wii console was provided to the children, Lorenzo’s brothers and sisters, who have been through a very stressful time, worrying about COVID, worrying about their baby brother, worrying about moving home and school, not seeing their friends, not being able to go out. This is what mum had to say about the gift:

“The kids have loved playing on the Wii, especially during the holidays with it been lockdown. They’ve been brilliant at sharing and taking it in turns and even enjoyed playing together on it! There was loads of games to choose from so the kids were spoilt for choice but there favourite one was the dancing.”

During the Covid pandemic many charity organisations had large deficits to fill as regular forms of fundraising was practically impossible. We felt that it was our responsibility to help however we could raise funds for our charity partners; therefore, we ran fundraisers for them to help them as best as possible. We approached Shine being one of them as proposed an Apex legends tournament which was streamed through our Twitch channel, we were able to raise them in 3 hours over £400 pounds.

“We were delighted to be chosen as partners of Gamers Beat Cancer and to have them raise funds for us.

 We know many people in our community gain a lot fun, comfort and community from online gaming and we’re looking forward to being able to share consoles and equipment with cancer patients through the new Gamers Beat Cancer “Gift Of Gaming” programme”. 

 Ceinwen Giles Director of Shine Cancer Support

“I would like to thank Gamers beat Cancer for the wonderful tablet they gifted to me and my family.

I am currently living with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and I have 3 young children 5 years old and under. They don’t always understand why mummy has to go to hospital. Having the tablet to contact them for videocalls to read them bedtime stories while I’m in hospital for overnight stays has been a lifeline.

Hospital can be an isolating place, and having the tablet to contact friends and family has been amazing, and also havign it for playing games has been a fab distraction. I couldn’t thank you more.

Thank you, from Helen, 32, Wales x”

Overgate Hospice
Overgate Hospice