Boro star helps launch of Teesside Hospice ‘Patient Comfort Appeal’

The nursing team at Teesside Hospice are on a mission to raise enough money to fund 10 urgently needed specialist beds for their Inpatient Unit, to help patients be rested and pain free.

And Boro star Adam Clayton has lent his support to the campaign.

The Inpatient Unit at Teesside Hospice, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, has 10 beds.

This is where their most seriously ill patients are cared for who are too poorly to be at home.

The exceptional medical team do everything they can to ensure the best possible care however, the Inpatient Unit beds are now 10 years old.

The nursing team, including Nurse Practitioner Mandy Burns, are appealing for the support of their community to help raise enough money to upgrade to newer, more advanced specialist beds to ensure maximum comfort for all patients.

Most people who are cared for in Teesside Hospice’s Inpatient Unit have very little mobility and spend the majority of their time in bed.

Turning to find a comfortable position can be virtually impossible and skin lacerations and breathing issues often become a problem. Whilst Mandy and the specialist nursing team do everything they can to prevent this, having the right equipment is so important.

The new and upgraded beds would help the nurses to improve patients’ comfort during their stay at Teesside Hospice.

Improvements in symptom management, pain control, and patient safety would be enhanced, but this comes at a huge cost.

Each new bed costs £4,900, which means the hospice is tasked with raising a total of £49,000 for the 10 beds that are desperately needed.

Boro midfielder Clayton said: “When I heard about Teesside Hospice’s Patient Comfort Appeal, I became aware of how important it is to have the right specialist bed for every person who comes to stay.

“None of us know when our friends or family members may be in a position to need the amazing care provided by Mandy and the nursing team – and we would all want our loved ones to feel as rested and as comfortable as possible.”

For Boro’s home game against Norwich on March 30, Clayton and his team-mates asking supporters to donate to the Patient Comfort Appeal for Teesside Hospice.

The club is holding a ‘Bring a quid day’ with bucket collections in the grounds and hope everyone will dig deep so we can help fund the specialist beds that they so desperately need.

To make a donation to the Patient Comfort appeal or for more information call 01642 811143 or visit https://teessidehospice.org/events/patient-comfort-appeal/detail

Boro kit manufacturers Hummel have also donated their corporate box for the game – tickets can be bought for £160 each (or £130 for 10). Call 01642 811150 if you would like to purchase. All money raised will go directly towards the Patient Comfort Appeal.