Join the py­jama army and boost hos­pice bed ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

TO­DAY the Mac­cles­field Ex­press joins a fundrais­ing cam­paign to buy new beds for pa­tients at East Cheshire Hos­pice.

The char­ity has launched the Bed Ap­peal to raise £155,000 to re­place 17 beds which are more than 10 years old and are now start­ing to show their age.

To help give the ap­peal a boost we are urg­ing the com­mu­nity to wear py­ja­mas to work or school on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9, for a mas­sive Py­jama Party.

For a £1 do­na­tion you are en­cour­aged to wear your py­ja­mas with pride and show your sup­port for the East Cheshire Hos­pice.

Camilla Crockett, cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships man­ager at the hos­pice, said: “We’re en­cour­ag­ing schools, busi­nesses and groups to ei­ther hold a PJ party or wear your py­ja­mas to work or school.

“It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun and hope­fully ev­ery­one will join in and raise funds for our spe­cial ap­peal.

“We’d also like to thank the Mac­cles­field Ex­press for sup­port­ing this fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.”

The hos­pice is lead­ing the way by invit­ing its staff to wear py­ja­mas to work.

Then from 6.30pm a py­jama party will be held in the Sun­flower Cen­tre with ev­ery­one welcome to at­tend.

Bub­bly and nib­bles, re­lax­ing ther­a­pies and make-up demos are avail­able, and lo­cal bou­tiques will be on site with a chance to pur­chase latest trends. Tick­ets are £15. The new beds - which cost £9,135 each - will be more com­fort­able than the ex­ist­ing ones with two vari­a­tions of mat­tress – mem­ory foam and air­filled.

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.

“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.”

To register for a free PJ party fundrais­ing pack con­tact the hos­pice fundrais­ing team on 01625 433477 or email fundrais­ing@echos­pice.org.uk, or visit www.eastcheshire­hos­pice. org. uk/ py­jama­party.

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

●● Ready for the py­jama party are staff mem­bers Lisa Ball, Jes­sica Ruth and Leah Good­hind with Big Ted

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