I was diagnosed with COPD in 2013 and heart failure in 2014. Having COPD means that I struggle to breathe and my quality of life can be poor. I can walk but have limited mobility so use a scooter. What once would have been a five minute shopping trip now takes me over an hour. I am incredibly fortunate to have a large and loving family who live nearby and are able to support me and enable me to maintain my independence.
COPD meant that I could no longer do my job and I had to take early retirement, I miss working and the company of my former colleagues. Having an illness like COPD can be quite isolating, sometimes due to lack of breathe I am unable to talk.
I was referred to Rossendale Hospice Long Term Condition support nurses by my GP who came to assess my needs at home and referred me to Day Therapy. Initially I was dubious but I need not have been, the atmosphere is so calm. The Hospice is such a happy place and lifts my spirits. Coming to the Hospice and being able to chat with others who have the same illness has certainly increased my confidence – my daughter comments that since attending Day Therapy I am more relaxed and positive.
I have always loved making crafts and from attending the Hospice I take part in art and craft therapies and have learnt how to paint on silk, make dream catchers and mosaics. I have enjoyed listening to speakers and learning new things from others. I have received counselling which has helped me accept issues and put things into perspective. The nurses have helped me identify new avenues of support.
Attending Day Therapy has been a real pleasure and when my thirteen weeks comes to an end I will miss coming.
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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