Sarah Edwards – Sponsor a Nurse

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Sarah Edwards is one of our Inpatient Unit Clinical Nurses in Ipswich. She has worked at the hospice for over 6 years.

“I have been working at the hospice for six years now but previous to that I had more than 30 years of experience specialising in haematology and oncology at Ipswich Hospital as well as working as a ward matron at the hospital,” explains Sarah.

“I have always regarded palliative care as an extremely important and special area to work in and I continue to feel very privileged to do so. Many people have said it must be very sad to work at the hospice, which it can be, but it is also the most uplifting and positive place that I have ever worked.

“Working at the hospice is often challenging but incredibly rewarding. To be able to make a difference to the lives of patients and families during an enormously stressful and intimate time in their lives, gives nurses back much more than they put into the job.”

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Originally from Norwich, Sarah now lives in Ipswich close to the hospice after moving to the town to start her training as a nurse at Ipswich Hospital in 1986.

Her role as a registered nurse on the inpatient unit is varied but typically she provides symptom management and support to patients as well liaising with members of the hospice medical team and multi-disciplinary teams – including therapists and emotional and wellbeing staff – to provide holistic care to patients and their families.

Outside of work Sarah has a passion for art and her work has been exhibited at a number of local galleries, at Felixstowe Art on the Prom as well as being sold as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

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Sarah adds: “I love creating art, a passion I rediscovered a few years ago. I started creating collages after I saw a picture of a dog made out of maps and I've adapted it to my own technique. Each of my collages has a postage stamp incorporated within them in homage to my dad who collects stamps and it has become my trademark.

“I have also designed and painted statues for the hospice’s Wild in Art trails, including Thirty Ears – The Harey Mammoth which featured in Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. These trails have been brilliant to be a part of as they celebrate creativity as well as highlight the work of the hospice to the wider community.”

Through Sponsor a Nurse, St Elizabeth Hospice is asking supporters to make a regular payment commitment to support the work of its nurses, in order to allow the hospice to plan for the future and ensure it can continue to evolve and expand its services to care for patients and their families in the local community for years to come.

“The support the hospice receives from the local community is absolutely fantastic and means the world to all the staff,” explained Sarah.

“By participating in hospice fundraising events and supporting campaigns, such as Sponsor a Nurse, our supporters make a big difference to the team and to the patients and families we have the privilege of caring for.”

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