Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Children’s Hospice South West

By Ben Carey on 3 February, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

Emily Mitchard, Area Fundraiser for Bath and West Wiltshire at Children’s Hospice South West, talks about running, hugs and looking forward to CHSW’s 30th anniversary.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

I feel very lucky that I work for Children’s Hospice South West. It is this which has kept me so positive. The families we work with all have children with life limiting conditions, so the support that the care team have been providing them over this unimaginably hard time has been a lifeline. It is truly an amazing charity!

The odd glass of wine also helps!

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

My day has to be very well structured. With home schooling, work and a toddler to contend with we have to plan our time carefully to ensure all of our needs can be fulfilled. This also means we must be flexible and not stress when things don’t always go to plan, which is a skill I have perfectly honed since last March!

Are you doing anything new?

Running! It is the easiest way for me to have some quality time to myself and run off any frustrations from the day. I may even take on a running challenge for CHSW once I’ve got a few more miles under my belt!

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

To hug anyone and everyone! I’m also looking forward to getting back to working at the hospice in North Somerset where our fundraising offices are based.

What is your biggest goal this year?

Personally, my goal is to go on holiday somewhere sunny. Professionally, I’d like to raise awareness of CHSW’s milestone 30th anniversary and to get people to join the celebrations!

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

To be patient and kind, you never know what people are going through and a smile can go a long way!

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