Our Mum Marguerite Woodford was 70 years old and had recovered from two mild strokes and spent nearly eight weeks in Warrington hospital. Two days before she was due to come home she tested positive for Covid19. Mum had stayed positive throughout her stay even when she knew she had Covid she still thought she could fight it. On the 24/04/2020 I had a call to say Mums health had deteriorated and we were called to say Goodbye. Mum was fully aware why we were there and she still believed she would fight it. This was one of the worst days of my life and I prayed she would fall asleep peacefully, sadly this wasn’t the case and she survived for another 7 days alone and scared and gained her wings at 3am on the 1st of May 2020. This was the longest most torturous week of my life knowing my Mum was alone anxious and suffering.
Bereaved Families need two things, and our campaign, Covid-19 Bereaved Families For Justice UK, are calling for both.
Firstly, access to Covid specific bereavement support.
Not being able to hug family and friends when we needed them the most is something we’ll never get over. Currently, there is no free Covid specific bereavement support for anyone who has lost a loved one to Covid-19. Our Group have secured limited spots with the National Bereavement Partnership, but for people outside the group, they are having to try and carry on like normal, or like us, pay for private therapy. Our fundraising would seek to fund our campaign, a huge part of which is to secure funding for bereavement support.
Secondly, our call for Covid specific bereavement support is part of our wider campaign for a full scale public, independent, statutory, judge led inquiry into the governments handling of the covid-19 pandemic. We want to know why NHS staff, key workers, care home residents, hospital patients died in such huge numbers compared to the rest of Western Europe. Late lockdown, lack of wider quarantine of those returning to the U.K. from abroad, the discharge of 25,000 patients into care homes (75% of whom hadn’t been tested for Covid), lack of PPE in Hospitals meaning NHS workers and patients were exposed to and died from Covid-19, issues with NHS 111 services, the suspension of all non-covid treatments including cancer care, stroke care and mental health services are just some of the questions Bereaved Families need answers to. Our campaign wants to save lives, understand the mistakes so that this can never happen again. We aren’t political, we don’t want compensation, we want to save lives.
Our fundraiser is to raise money so our Group can issue for Judicial Review in the High Court. Our Solicitors are pro bono, meaning they are not charging to represent us, but if we lose, we are not sure if we
If the government agree to commit to the inquiry we are seeking, and also covid specific bereavement support for families of lost loved ones, all funds raised will go towards continuing our campaign and helping our bereaved members.
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