One last push for bed appeal
WITH one last push, East Cheshire Hospice hopes to celebrate its most successful appeal ever with plans to take delivery of its first new batch of beds before Christmas.
The Bed Appeal, to raise funds for 17 muchneeded new beds, was launched in the summer and it was envisaged that the new equipment would arrive some time in early 2016.
However, with donations pouring in at a rate of more than £500 every day, the £155,000 appeal is nearly at target and staff are hopeful that the first beds could arrive in time for Christmas.
Quotes have been approved and the new specially-designed beds have been selected for their comfort, safety and efficiency with many modern features like ‘whisper quiet’ air-filled mattresses and adjusting feet and back supports to reduce the risk of painful pressure sores.
With just over £39,000 still to raise – which equates to four more beds – clinical and operations director at the hospice Helen Knight, who is heading up the appeal, says she is delighted and thrilled at the response.
She said: “The appeal is already the best and fastest supported appeal in the history of the hospice since it was built.
“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, and so we are all very excited at the prospect of receiving 17 brand new beds for our patients.”
There’s more information about the appeal and how to donate at eastcheshirehospice.org. uk/Bedappeal.
●● Saying goodbye to one of the old beds at East Cheshire Hospice are staff nurse Tess Cleaver (left) and health care assistant Clare Preston