Thank you very much for your support to caregivers in social services who succumbed to covid-19 while performing their professions on the “front line”. Together we managed to raise over CZK 1.9 million.
- “Throughout her life, Ester helped other people – as the director of a shelter, center for the physically disabled and later through the personal assistance service which she founded. During February 2020, she fell ill with covid-19 and succumbed to the disease several days later. Now her son is trying to keep the personal assistance service going, hoping that the sudden situation, which neither he nor the organization were prepared for, will make the service even more resilient.” (Personal assistant service worker)
Similarly to health care professionals and other first line staff, social service workers have been dealing with the covid-19 pandemic for over a year. Over the past year, carers in nursing homes and facilities for the disabled, nursing workers and field workers have all cared for the most vulnerable groups of the population on a daily basis. Particularly for the elderly, carers have become a second family in many cases. Some even locked themselves in with their clients in nursing homes in the early days of the epidemic to reduce the risk of infection. Field workers often had to change into protective gear on the street because they visited different clients in different homes every day as part of their jobs.
- “Even after his clients became infected with covid-19, Adam († 53) kept on diligently doing his job at our nursing home. Although he tried to adhere to all of the anti-epidemic and hygienic rules we instituted in the home he too became infected, and in December 2020 he passed away. He was a good co-worker and friend. He spent all of his free time with his 11-year-old son Petr and his wife Klara. We all miss him very much.” (Nursing home director)
- “Olga had worked in a home for people with physical disabilities since 2010. Unfortunately, even she became ill with covid-19 in March and died that very same month. Olga has five children and six grandchildren. Her calling in life was to help and care for her own family as well as for our clients. Her death has affected us all deeply because she was a woman full of strength, optimism and love.” (Home for the physically disabled director)
The Czech Philharmonic benefit concert will take place on Monday, May 10 at 8:15 p.m. CET. The concert program is available HERE. Czech Television Art will broadcast the concert live and it will also be streamed on the Czech Philharmonic’s official Facebook page and ŠKODA AUTO platform ŠKODA Storyboard. Thank you.