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Meet Karen, Care Support Worker at Chestnut Tree House

Thursday 14 May 2020

Meet Karen. Karen’s most treasured possession is her family and growing up she always dreamt about being a teacher, “I always wanted to be a teacher, right up until my last year of school when I said to my Mum, I don’t want to be a teacher, I want to care for children. And here I am!”

Karen has been a Care Support Worke1. Karen Worley CSWr at Chestnut Tree House for over six years and says that the best part of her role is hearing children with life-shortening conditions laugh and giggle. “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 my role has drastically changed. We’re communicating with families virtually a lot more. It is difficult not being able to visit children and take them out to explore their local community and give Mum and Dad a well-deserved break. But through these tough times I always know that the rest of the care team are there to support me. I can always talk to them when times get tough, they are amazing” says Karen.

Whilst being a Care Support Worker means that Karen has been with families helping them create some of their favourite memories, it also means that she has been there for some of the bad days, and even the last days. “At Chestnut Tree House we provide end-of-life care and bereavement support, as well as respite, and this is a really important aspect of my role,” says Karen. “We wrap the family up in our care through what is undoubtedly the most difficult time of their lives. Making sure they are fed, looked after and fully supported.”

Now more than ever, the children and families who depend on Care Support Workers like Karen need the help of friends like you. Please donate today to help save your local children’s hospice: www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/crisis-appeal