Ivy is a member of our team at Lambeth Hospital. She works 7 days a week, cleaning our ward to ensure that vulnerable and mentally ill patients have a pleasant environment to recover in. She is originally from Ghana and moved to London in 2008. She is 57 years old and her family still live in Ghana - she sends money home to support them.
Tragically, on October 31st 2016, Ivy received a phonecall telling her that there had been a gas explosion at her daughter's home. Six days later, she was told that her daughter Bernice and her husband George had passed away after suffering horrific burns. They had three children who have been left orphaned.
Since that day, Ivy has continued to come to work every day. She works a zero hours contract and cannot afford to take days off - if she doesn't come in, she doesn't get paid. Meanwhile, she has been sending home every penny she can to pay off the medical bills that Bernice and George accrued whilst in hospital, to fund their upcoming funerals and pay for temporary childcare. Ivy is also desperately trying to save money to move her three grandchildren to the UK so that she can care for them herself.
No mother should ever have to arrange a funeral for their child, never mind continue to work 7 days a week in order to pay for it. Please help with any donation you can, large or small, to help this family in a time of grief and turmoil.