Friday, 28 April 2017

Members of staff at Peace Hospice Care today (Friday 28th April) saluted funders who contributed more than £136,000 to refurbish its Inpatient Unit.

The extensive work in the Unit took six weeks and included: new flooring being installed in the communal areas; decoration throughout the Unit; each of the patient rooms being gutted and completely refurbished with new bathrooms, flooring and fittings - fitted cupboards, new lighting as well as new curtains and furniture.

The Fundraising team at Peace Hospice Care worked tirelessly to secure the funds needed as well as donations of items to support the refurbishment. Contributions were made by trusts, funders, businesses and individuals. Contributions were made be:

  • The Beatrice Laing Trust
  • The Graham Rowlandson Foundation
  • UPS Foundation
  • The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
  • Garfield Weston
  • Trusthouse Charitable Trust
  • The Percy Bilton Charity
  • A number of masonic lodges
  • Individual supporters
  • John Lewis
  • Howdens

The patient facilities in the Unit hadn't been updated in some 15 years and were in desperate need of repair and modernisation. The modernised patient rooms and bathrooms have created an environment that better supports patients, their families and carers.

Speaking about the support for the refurbishment, Ropinder Gill, Fundraising Director, said: "We've been overwhelmed by the support we've had for raising funds for this much needed work. For the patients, as well as their relatives and friends who come into the Unit, a comfortable and calming environment is essential. The standard of our facilities in the Inpatient Unit now matches the high quality care for which we are known. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

"We could not do the work we do, to deliver our vital services, without such donations and commitment. But, we need this kind of support each and every week - donations so that we can run our Inpatient Unit, deliver our outpatient services that support patients with life-limiting illness who, often, have many more years to live. Please support us in helping people with life-limiting illness and make a donation to us."

Supporting Peace Hospice Care:

  • £2 will pay for an hour of oxygen for a patient who is having breathing difficulties
  • £10 will pay for an hour of Healthcare Assistant time to support the emotional, spiritual, and practical care needs of patients
  • £25 will pay for an hour of time from a Hospice at Home nurse who will visit to a patient in their home to provide symptom control, psychological support and personal care

Anyone can donate by visiting our donations page or telephone: 01923 330 330.

Every year Peace Hospice Care needs £5 million to run and deliver its free services.

The work was completed thanks to restricted funding which is funding raised for this specific purpose. Natalie Parkins, from Natalie Parkins Design, designed the 'new look' patient facilities and JB Commercial Interiors carried out the repairs and refurbishment work in the Inpatient Unit.