Char­ity wants to raise £155,000 so pa­tients en­joy more com­fort

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

EAST Cheshire Hos­pice has launched a spe­cial ap­peal to buy new beds for pa­tients.

The char­ity wants to raise £155,295 to re­place 17 beds which have been in use for al­most 10 years and are now start­ing to show their age.

The hos­pice has writ­ten to sup­port­ers ask­ing for help as it tries to fund the £9,135 needed for each of the beds – 15 for in­pa­tient wards and two as out­pa­tient treat­ment beds.

He­len Knight, clin­i­cal and oper­a­tions di­rec­tor, said: “It’s so im­por­tant for our pa­tients to be com­fort­able so they can make the most of their time with their loved ones.

“Our cur­rent beds are cost­ing more to re­pair when the mech­a­nisms fail, which is hap­pen­ing more fre­quently with con­stant use.

“As an in­de­pen­dent lo­cal char­ity, the hos­pice doesn’t re­ceive any help for equip­ment from the NHS and so we need to raise ad­di­tional funds to pro­vide this crit­i­cal up­grade as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Most pa­tients come to our in­pa­tient unit when all hope of a cure for their ill­ness is lost and they’re in the fi­nal stages of life. For most sadly, this means ly­ing in bed 24-hours-a-day for up to 15 days or more.”

The new beds will be more com­fort­able than the ex­ist­ing ones with two vari­a­tions of mat­tress – mem­ory foam and air-filled.

He­len added: “Ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy since we last re­placed our beds mean that with the up­graded beds our pa­tients will have more con­trol, com­fort and can rest more easily.

“The new ver­sions use energy more ef­fi­ciently and come with five-year main­te­nance in­cluded so any ad­di­tional costs to the hos­pice are in­cluded.”

East Cheshire Hos­pice is hop­ing to se­cure grants of up to £20,000 to­wards the cost and var­i­ous py­jama-themed fundrais­ing events are be­ing held.

To make a do­na­tion go to eastcheshire­hos­pice. org.uk/be­dap­peal.

●● He­len Knight

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