Hospice appeal to raise £55k for new equipment to help patients

Inpatient unit manager Jill Nash from Weston Hospicecare.

Inpatient unit manager Jill Nash from Weston Hospicecare. - Credit: Archant

Weston Hospicecare has launched an appeal to raise £55,000 to improve inpatient facilities and pay for new equipment.

The Comfort And Care campaign is designed to replace ‘outdated’ items like mattresses and chairs.

Much of the unit’s equipment has been in use since the hospice moved to Uphill in 1997 – meaning it is at the end of its lifespan.

High-quality, modern equipment plays a key role in ensuring patients are comfortable and supported in their final days.

However, finding the money needed to replace the items is tough as the charity only receives a fifth of its funding from the NHS.

Inpatient unit manager Jill Nash is appealing to the Weston community for help to foot the bill.

She said: “Our goal is to help people with life-limiting illnesses live well, with dignity and independence, for as long as they can. And for families to be able to spend quality, fulfilling time with their loved one, making the most of each day they have together.

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“It’s vital the people we care for feel safe, secure, and of course comforted at what is often an incredibly difficult time in their life.

“We’re making do with equipment which is fast becoming outdated and unsuitable – and it’s simply not good enough for our patients.

“But we are a charity – and everything we do is provided free of charge. There just isn’t enough money in our yearly nursing budget to account for all of the items we need to replace.”

The hospice wants to equip each of the 10 bedrooms with an adjustable, reclining chair and specialist pressure-relieving mattress. It also needs a new infusion machine to help deliver medication, blood or platelets to patients.

Each item costs around £2,000, meaning the hospice needs to find more than £55,000.

To donate to the appeal, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk, call 01934 423900, or send donations to Weston Hospicecare, Jackson-Barstow House, 28 Thornbury Road, Uphill, BS23 4YQ.