MYTON Hospice is limiting the number of visitors to its hospice – but finding alternative ways for loved ones to be together.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak it is only allowing two visitors with each patient.
But to ensure families feel connected, doctors and nurses have devised a gift which patients and their loved ones can hold in their hands and is also a keepsake.
The hospice has been handing out polished metal butterflies, created by Carsten Astheimer from Astheimer design studio based in Warwick.
His time has been given freely and the cost of the materials has been covered by a fund-raising page which received nearly £1,300 in donations in a matter of days.
They are presented in a gift box donated by The Box Factory and come with a ‘hug card’ as an alternative to being able to give a real hug.
Palliative medicine consultant Dr Jo Poultney said: “We hope the cards and butterflies provide a small comfort to people going through the most difficult time imaginable and serve as a reminder Myton will always be there for them. We are really grateful to The Box Factory, to Carsten and everyone who donated to his JustGiving page for helping to make this possible – thank you.”