How are you planning to spend your day?

Yesterday I left my house by car for the first time in days. The whole experience was surreal. Within the confines of my home, although life is chaotic, its actually pretty safe and normal. Outside everything feels different. I met some amazing people doing some amazing things. But the experience made me realise the importance of looking outside myself. So I thought on a Saturday I could introduce you to a friend of mine each week and the situation they’re in right now. First up is Hayley, a good friend, whose kids go to our school, she is one of the strongest people, I know.

To the wider society…


I am a 33 year old woman with 5 young children under the age of 9. I have progressive liver cancer which I have been fighting for 2 years. Up until the Corona Virus I was a sociable and active young female making the best of a bad situation trying to come to terms with having to eventually say goodbye to my children (although we didn’t know when)

This virus has petrified me. I can not explain to you how frightened I am of becoming ill. Of my children becoming ill. Of anyone in my family becoming ill. I fear that this would wipe me out.
I will die on my own alone, without being able to say goodbye to my babies.

So to all those that think they are being clever by going out to buy bread. DONT. You need milk? THERES MILK AND MORE. You want to bake? Brilliant HAVE A FOOD DELIVERY.

Just stop leaving your houses. Please, I’m genuinely begging you. If you don’t self isolate people like myself will die. You will rob 5 little children of their mother because you wanted a chicken!!

Is that what I’m worth? A bag of salad? A punnet of strawberries.
I’m worth more than that to my babies but you have to help keep me safe. Please. Help me.

Kind Regards,
Hayley Davies-Bateman

Shortly after reading Hayley’s blog I was reminded again about the urgency of the situation, having read from this article. Incase any needs reminding please read here

Published by Nay Dawson

Nay works with IFES Europe as their Regional Training Co-ordinator, training staff and students across Europe. She works on the European Regional leadership team for the charity. She was the Revive Extra Plenary Director for one of largest Student Conferences in Europe. Nay is the founder of Passion for Evangelism. PfE is a network of creative, public female speakers. Helping hundereds of women grow in confidence in public communication. Nay set up an initiative called Community in a crisis. CIAC has been helping churches and charities across Europe get online during the pandemic.

4 thoughts on “How are you planning to spend your day?

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, Hayley. So sorry to hear of your situation- thank you for reminding us how vital it is to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary for the protection of others.


  2. Just read this and it’s heart breaking. I can’t imagine the fear. Our family are certainly taking it seriously in the fight for this to be over asap so everyone can get back to a somewhat “normal” way of living. Sending love and hope xxxxxx


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