James is 31 years old and has Multiple Sclerosis. About five years ago, James kept getting pins and needles sensation in his arms, one day he fell down the stairs.
Falling down the stairs was life changing for James, it was following his fall that he was diagnosed with MS, a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. James spent fourteen months in hospital; initially he was on a life support machine and could not do any more than blink.
Fortunately James has made a good recovery but due to his lack of balance he struggles to walk and now depends on a wheelchair. James lives at home with his parents who wake him and get him up in a morning. James has carers who assist him preparing meals twice a day. Due to his condition James is unable to return to his previous employment in electronics.
James was referred to Rossendale Hospice by Social Services, he now attends attends Day Therapy every Tuesday. James’s carer from ‘Shared Lives’ often fetches him to the Hospice, but on occasions he’ll use the Hospice patient transport. Coming to the Hospice is an opportunity for James to get out of the house and meet other people. Whilst James is at the Hospice he has received psychotherapy sessions, benefitted from massages and enjoys simply talking to other patients.
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!
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.
We are working as normally as possible in what is an unprecedented and ever changing situation, and following government guidelines to keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe. Our Hospice at Home Teams are continuing to provide essential care for patients in their own homes but unfortunately we've had to adapt some of our other service provision.
Our fundraising activities have also been impacted as we've had to cancel many upcoming events which we so rely on. We will be launching a campaign to run over the next 12 weeks, and while we appreciate these are the most difficult times for all, we would be most grateful if you are able to make a donation. More information can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/carryoncaring?success=true
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