Oakhaven Hospice has launched their new fundraising campaign ‘Room to Care’. Help them raise an extra £200,000 every year to open, and keep open, two extra bedrooms in their busy in-patient unit to meet the rising demand for hospice beds across the community. The money is needed to employ the crucial front line staff that provide the highly skilled and specialist care we expect from the Hospice. This includes the nurses, doctors, therapists, counsellors and support staff – they are all involved in delivering that care both physically and emotionally.
Oakhaven’s in-patient unit already admits over 240 people every year, in addition to the extensive work it does out in the community through its Hospice at Home service, but the requirement for palliative care is rising and people‘s needs are becoming more complex and they may stay an in-patient for longer periods of time.
Mike Denny, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Oakhaven Hospice says:
“We need more rooms to care and don’t want to be in a position where we are full and have to turn away a family in crisis – help us to never have to say no. It costs £403.68 to provide a full 24 hours of care for a patient in our in-patient unit. That’s just £16.82 per hour per bed. We’re asking supporters to set up a monthly donation by direct debit to provide the sustainable funding we need to support more people when they need us the most”.
By supporting the ‘Room to Care’ campaign and signing up to a monthly donation, our supporters will be directly helping us admit and care for over 100 more patients and their families in our area, every year.”
One of the families that Oakhaven supported late in 2014 commented: “The shock at how quickly Mum became ill was difficult to come to terms with. From the moment we arrived she was made comfortable and looked out of pain; the care and consideration she was given was overwhelming. We feel so blessed and fortunate you were able to offer her a bed.”
If you want to find out more about the campaign or to make a donation, visit the website oakhavenhospice.co.uk/roomtocare or call the Fundraising team on 01590 677773.