We’ve done it! Now let’s raise some more for Hospice at Home
Last updated at 14:00, Friday, 06 September 2013
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our readers, The Times & Star’s Hospice@Finkle Street Appeal has reached its first milestone.
The appeal has raised more than £11,000 to buy vital equipment for use in the new hospice centre’s lymphoedema clinic.
It means we are now in a position to extend our appeal and raise more money to help Hospice at Home kit out more of the Finkle Street Centre.
We now want to furnish a family room and a one-to-one room.
The cost will be £3,720 to equip both.
Hospice at Home West Cumbria wants to add to its services by giving the people of West Cumbria a centre where advice, support and help is always on hand.
Work has started to convert the former Derwent Bookshop in Finkle Street, Workington, into a £700,000 hospice centre.
It will bring together the hospice in a convenient single location and will complement its palliative care at home service, which will continue.
It will offer family and bereavement support including one-to-one counselling, group support, Reiki massage and other complementary therapies.
There will be a lymphoedema clinic and a meeting room used to train staff and volunteers.
The Workington hospice shop will also be part of the centre.
The charity has been given £402,595 by the Department of Health towards the project, but it must find the rest itself.
Readers have been holding events and giving donations to enable the hospice to equip the lymphoedema clinic at a cost of £11,180.
The target was soon achieved thanks to the generosity of Margaret James, 57, of Garth Road, Westfield, Lynne Stewart, 59, and Maggie Burr, 50, both of Poole Road, Salterbeck, and Marie Jolly, 52, of Harrington, and their families and friends who have been fund-raising for two years in memory of Elaine Burr. They raised £10,000.
The appeal is far from over though – we want to help Hospice at Home kit out even more of the centre.
We want to furnish the family room and a one-to-one room.
Life-threatening illnesses not only affect those suffering from them, but have repercussions for friends and families. It can be extremely tough caring for someone with a terminal illness.
The family room and one-to-one room will provide spaces for people to talk through their feelings and emotions with a trained counsellor.
Children can sometimes be the hardest hit during and after an illness, and the family room will mean they will have an area where they be listened to and can talk about the impact on them.
First published at 13:58, Friday, 06 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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