Open letter of thanks
PHOTO COURTESY GOFUNDME
Barry Christensen (right) donating two tablets to VSPCR Executive Director Christine Boyle to allow residents to safely communicate with their families while following social distancing orders.
Montreal paramedic donates two tablets to the VSPCR thanks to online donations
When Barry Christensen, a paramedic with Urgences-santé in Montreal, picked up a woman from a palliative care home to transfer her to another facility, he was deeply affected by the sadness of the patient's daughter, who was unable to accompany her mother because of the rules implemented due to the pandemic.
Aware that separation from loved ones and isolation can undermine the morale of palliative care patients, but also knowing that virtual communication can help break this isolation, he decided to help CHSLDs and hospices in Quebec and Ontario acquire tablets for their patients.
In early May, he created a GoFundMe page to call on people’s generosity. The Apart but Together campaign has raised over $3,000 to date.
A portion of this amount was used to purchase two tablets for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR). The tablets will be loaned out to patients who do not have their own so they can connect with their loved ones virtually, thereby helping mitigate the effects of the isolation caused by the restrictions on visits imposed by the pandemic.
Barry Christensen was able to purchase 21 tablets with the money he has raised so far. He plans to continue the campaign and provide even more patients in other hospices and CHSLDs with their own tablets. If you wish to make a donation, visit https://bit.ly/3deNNBS.
On behalf of our patients and their families, we would like to thank Mr. Christensen and all the generous donors.
For more information, visit www.mspvs.org.
Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation