One last push for bed ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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