By Jennifer Leighfield • 10 February 2021 • 23:30
LETTERS are wanted to cheer up patients in Malaga Regional Hospital.
During the first wave of the pandemic, Belen Navarrete, a nurse in the Infectious Diseases Department of Malaga Regional Hospital launched a campaign, appealing to people’s solidarity and asking for emails to cheer up patients who are ill in hospital with Covid-19.
She says that to begin with, the letters of encouragement were arriving every day. As many as 3,000 letters were received, not only from Malaga, but from the rest of Andalucia and Spain and even further afield, from countries such as Germany and Switzerland or across the ocean in Mexico or Argentina
In them, anonymous citizens sent their best wishes to the patients and which became a form of treatment that went beyond what the hospital’s nurses and doctors can do.
The nurse, 48, said that they received so many that at one point she feared that they would run out of paper and ink to print them.
However, they have stopped coming and there are still many people in the hospital who do not receive any contact with relatives or friends and who would benefit from some words of kindness to help them through this difficult time.
The letters can be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected]
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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