Thursday, 23 June 2016

In April, Peace Hospice Care and the Watford Observer launched the Every Day Matters appeal.

The aim - to raise £120,000 towards their nurses' salaries and much needed modernisation of the Inpatient Unit (IPU) bedrooms and bathrooms.

Director of Fundraising, Ropinder Gill, explained: "Our patients are with us at the most vulnerable time of their lives and we need to maintain the 'home-from-home' environment they need and deserve.

"Our nurses are indispensable and we pride ourselves on having one nurse for every two patients. If we had fewer nurses, they simply couldn't give the level of care that they do. We're very grateful to the Watford Observer and their readers for their support. If you can give a donation today, even a small gift will help."

On average, patients stay in the Inpatient Unit for 13 days and 60% of those spend their final hours at the Hospice.

Every day it costs over £4,000 to run the Hospice Inpatient Unit and £170 to fund a specialist nurse.

Liz Kennedy, Inpatient Unit Matron, said: "We are immensely proud of the fantastic care that our specialist team continues to provide in the face of financial constraints and increasing demand.

"The bedrooms and bathrooms have not been renovated in over 15 years - understandably they have become tired and dated. In particular, the shower and toilet facilities can be difficult to use when a person needs assistance. The refurbishment is to reflect the standards we would like to provide for all our patients and their families.

"We want our patients to have access to the best facilities possible and so it is crucial that we raise enough money to have the bedrooms and bathrooms updated, so we can better support our patients' needs."

Every year Peace Hospice Care need to raise over £5 million in order to run and develop their services. It is only due to the continued generosity from the public that they are able to reach their target.

Every day really does matter to the families the Hospice help. To donate to the appeal please click here or call 01923 330340.