£140,000 suc­cess for hospice bed ap­peal

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

HOSPICE bosses are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing cam­paign to buy new beds for pa­tients.

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, en­cour­ag­ing sup­port and do­na­tions from read­ers.

As well as thou­sands of pounds in in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions, 500 peo­ple 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.

The to­tal raised in the six months was al­most £141,000, just shy of the tar­get, but the com­pany sell­ing the beds gave the hospice a bet­ter deal.

It means the char­ity will be able to re­place all 17 beds.

Karyn John­ston, in­come gen­er­a­tion di­rec­tor, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to every­one who con­trib­uted to our Bed Ap­peal.

“We raised £140,950 which was not quite our tar­get, but luck­ily the com­pany we are buy­ing the beds from matched the gen­eros­ity of our donors and gave us a bet­ter deal, which means we can now af­ford to re­place all our pa­tient beds as planned.

“The ap­peal also brought us 500 new lot­tery play­ers, who by giv­ing £1 a week will con­tinue to sup­port the care around the beds.

“The new beds them­selves will make a real dif­fer­ence to our pa­tients, and will start ar­riv­ing at the hospice in the com­ing months.

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

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.”

●● Say­ing good­bye to one of the old beds at East Cheshire Hospice are staff nurse Tess Cleaver (left) and health care as­sis­tant Clare Pre­ston

●● Artists help Heather Bam­ber cel­e­brate No Place Like Home’s fifth birth­day

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