Amazing response to hospice appeal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.eastcheshirehospice. org. uk/ pyjamaparty.
To make a donation go to eastcheshirehospice. org.uk/bedappeal.
●● £53,000 has already been raised for East Cheshire Hospice’s appeal to replace its ageing beds with more comfy new ones