2020 Shetland Appeal
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“The Coronavirus and resulting lockdown have inevitably changed the way that we, like so many others, carry out our work. Little did I expect to be penning this year’s letter from a makeshift office in the spare bedroom of my home,” writes Superintendent Aubrey Jamieson in his Shetland Appeal letter. He goes on to write:
Once in hospital, some need clothing or toiletries which we can source while others are simply glad of a bit of company and support and assistance when they leave hospital.
All of these normal Mission activities have been challenging with the restrictions and social distancing measures, including not being able to visit in hospital or indeed accompany a casualty into A & E, and we have had to find alternative ways of offering support.
These have included booking appointments, liaising with skippers, delivering clothes and other items to the hospital reception, arranging accommodation, flights, and taxis, and meeting the fisherman outside to offer reassurance and pass on travel information or anything else they require.
In the absence of home visiting we have sought to keep in touch with dozens of retired fishermen and widows through many hours of phone calls and by letter.
With no public events and services taking place I recorded two church services for BBC Radio Shetland and produced an online service for Seafarer’s Awareness Week in July where we remembered the difficulties faced by fishermen and other seafarers which have only been amplified in recent months.
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