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Molly's Gift of Time


Molly was walking around town, visiting charity shops as she does every weekend, when she suddenly collapsed. A member of the public had to call her an ambulance and she was rushed to hospital. She had been having problems with her heart and needed emergency surgery to fit a pacemaker.

Molly has age related health problems as well as learning disabilities. Cornerstone are contracted by the local authority to provide her with 16 hours of home care a week. However, once you are in hospital, an individual’s care is suspended until they leave. This concerned her support team, knowing she would not fully understand what was happening and that no body would visit her.

Fearing that her wellbeing would be at risk, the team immediately put in a request for ‘Gift of Time’ funding. With this, they were able to arrange for someone to visit Molly, who was very confused and agitated when they got to see her. Within a few minutes of her first visit, she calmed down and was made to feel safe. Daily visits were made to see Molly and reassure her during her four weeks in hospital.

Molly is doing well since her surgery and is back to her routine of going round town every weekend. She has been supported for Cornerstone for so long that despite having no relatives, her support team have become her family and knows they will do anything to help her.