Rossendale Hospice has launched an appeal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help now more than ever before to maintain our end of life care during these unprecedented times.
Over 80% of the Hospice’s income is received through donations from various fundraising events, community activities and corporate partnerships. With all our Spring events being cancelled or postponed, and all three shops temporarily shut, we are bracing ourselves for a huge loss from fundraising and retail income. The loss in funds, estimated to be at £100,000, will equate to over 800 hours of nursing care.
Our campaign aims to address this shortfall in funding. Any donation, no matter how large or small, goes towards providing care to our patients and family/carers during the final months and weeks of their life. A donation of £10 would provide a box of protective gloves for nurses while £100 funds a nurse for the day.
Thank you for your support. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/carryoncaring?success=true
Many people say ‘It takes a special person to provide hospice care’, and in the current global Covid-19 pandemic, we feel they’re ‘extra special’.
The hospice at home team remain working hard in our community on the frontline of vital care provision. Sofia and Louise can tell you about the difficult journey of dealing with a terminal illness; speak of the many patients and families that stick in their hearts and minds and tell you how the power of human touch can be vital for those they support. They can tell you this and more, but what does the Hospice at Home team do?
The teams ensure they have the correct personal protective equipment prior to commencing work at 9am, which has been increased in light of the virus outbreak as advised by Public Health England.
Their goal is to make sure the patient is as comfortable and pain free as possible, with a focus also on feeling good about themselves. “Promoting as good as possible quality of life for our patients is so important, and we encourage it with warmth and respect” says Sofia. “It’s also about supporting their families and loved ones who come together to share this journey, a journey which is theirs, but we can support and guide them through with empathy and compassion,” added Louise.
Our patient’s needs and priorities differ, ‘we’re all unique’, and so care is assessed and planned to ensure individualism prior to care giving. Our Patients are at the very heart of everything we do and we work together with them to create and agree a care plan. We can assist patients with all aspects of personal care and hygiene needs to help them feel refreshed. At times, the most important need of someone is for us to make a good cup of tea and be an emotional support, even at the most difficult of times.
Following an afternoon break, (when the other team continue to visit patients) the team is back out in the community early evening; checking in on the patients we saw in the morning to make sure they are settled and comfortable. At this point it will also be checking and monitoring any problematic symptoms, such as pain and perhaps changing the position the patient is lying in, and if required, making contact with other professionals, such as district nurses. “We want to make sure patients are clean, settled and comfortable to see them through the night.” says Louise.
The Hospice at Home night sitting service offers care throughout night from 9.30pm and 7.30am, which is a huge additional support to patients, families and carers.
We feel privileged to be able to offer care, help and support to our patients and their family/carer, particularly in the really difficult circumstances due to the Corona Virus.
Every Moment Counts
Our Rawtenstall Shop is re-opening today, Monday, 20 July!
We'll be back to business under the new normal and will be following Government guidelines to ensure our staff and customers' safety. Please note that we are still unable to accept donations to the shop. These can be delivered to our Haslingden Storage Unit (behind the shop) from the 20th July, on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 2pm. Please ring first before you come over on 01706 213056.
We look forward to seeing you back.
Join our first virtual quiz on Sunday 12th April at 8pm to raise money for the Hospice during COVID19. Get yourself a drink, sit back and play from the comfort of your sofa! It costs a mere £3 to enter, the participation fee will enable us to continue to support patients in their own homes during these unprecedented times. To participate click HERE Good luck!
Young entrepreneurs raise over £7k for hospice.
5 Valley schools raised a record amount for Rossendale Hospice in an entrepreneurial challenge.
The event, jointly organised by Rossendale Hospice supported by Baldwins and Alder Grange School, is in its 5th year. The five schools raised a combined total of £7,130.64 in this year’s ‘Youth Enterprise Challenge’.
The contest, launched in October last year, lasted 16 weeks and saw Year 9 & 10 teams from Alder Grange, The Valley Leadership Academy, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View school, all come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible to be donated to the hospice.
Thank you to all the schools who took part and for the hardwork and effort that went into their fundraising.
Click HERE to view further details
If you are an existing patient of the Hospice and have any worries or concerns during the current Coronavirus pandemic please give us a call on 07866 848056.
If you are unable to get through please leave a message and we will get back to you.
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