Amaz­ing re­sponse to hos­pice ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

HOS­PICE bosses have praised Mac­cles­field Ex­press read­ers for back­ing its fundrais­ing cam­paign to buy new beds for pa­tients.

It comes as it was re­vealed that the ap­peal has al­ready raised £53,000 – a third of its tar­get.

East Cheshire Hos­pice 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.

The Ex­press backed the cam­paign last week en­cour­ag­ing sup­port and do­na­tions from read­ers.

As well as thou­sands of pounds in in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions, 285 peo­ple have joined the East Cheshire Hos­pice Lottery, pay­ing just £1 per week for their chance to win £1,000.

The char­ity has also had lots of peo­ple or­gan­is­ing events in sup­port of its mas­sive Py­jama Party on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

“It is hop­ing busi­ness, schools and com­mu­nity groups all sign up to hold their own events where you pay a pound for the priv­i­lege of wear­ing your py­ja­mas for the day.

He­len Knight, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor at East Cheshire Hos­pice, said: “We are so grate­ful to ev­ery­one who is help­ing with this ap­peal; it will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the care we can give to our pa­tients.

“With the sup­port of Mac­cles­field Ex­press read­ers we’re about a third of the way to­wards our tar­get of £153,000, which is re­ally great news.

“I’m writ­ing per­son­ally to ev­ery­one who has sent a do­na­tion, but thank you to ev­ery­one who has sup­ported the ap­peal in what­ever way they can.”

The new beds – which cost £9,135 each – will be more com­fort­able than the ex­ist­ing ones.

He­len added: “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.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● £53,000 has al­ready been raised for East Cheshire Hos­pice’s ap­peal to re­place its age­ing beds with more comfy new ones

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