Local community helps to ensure care and comfort

A local charity has been overwhelmed with support and generous donations from the community.

Seven months ago, Teesside Hospice launched their Patient Comfort Appeal with the aim of raising £49,000 to fund the 10 urgently needed specialist beds for their Inpatient Unit.

The Inpatient Unit at Teesside Hospice, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is where the hospice’s most seriously ill patients are cared for within a home from home environment.

The exceptional medical team do everything they can to ensure the best possible care however, the beds on the Inpatient Unit were over 10 years old and having the right equipment is so important in helping to improve patients’ comfort and safety during their stay.

After the urgent appeal from the nursing team at Teesside Hospice, the team were delighted to see their local community rally round them.

Generous supporters donated to the appeal, whilst local members of the community held fundraising events and Middlesbrough Football Club arranged a ‘Bring a Quid’ day to encourage fans to donate to a bucket collection held at the Riverside Stadium.

The appeal also caught the attention of Middlesbrough Footballer, Adam Clayton, who visited the hospice to see for himself the caring and comfortable environment within the hospice’s Inpatient Unit.

The team at the hospice have been overwhelmed with the response and this month, they were able to upgrade every single bed on the Inpatient Unit to newer, safer and more advanced beds.

Mandy Burns, Nurse Practitioner at Teesside Hospice, said: “The response to this appeal has been incredible, and thanks to the kindness from our local community, we have recently been able to upgrade every one of the 10 beds on our Inpatient Unit.

“The difference these beds will make to our patients is huge. A few months ago, myself and my colleagues were worrying about patients having skin lacerations and breathing problems, or having difficulty finding a comfortable position in bed.

“Now we know that with the right equipment and at the push of a button, we can easily adjust the beds to increase patients’ comfort and relieve pain.

“For all of the nursing team here it’s fantastic for us to know that our patients are no longer in preventable pain or suffering from unnecessary discomfort.

“All of the team at the hospice are proud to care for the people of Teesside, and to see our community rally round us when we need them is remarkable. We are all so grateful. Thank you.”

The team at the hospice have also decorated the rooms on the Inpatient Unit; with a warm and inviting colour palette and soft furnishings handmade by the team.

Local company Shutter Media also kindly provided themed decals for each room, to add an extra special touch.

Providing a relaxing and safe space for those at the hospice is such an important part of what Teesside Hospice does, and this couldn’t have happened without the support from the local community.

For more information about Teesside Hospice please visit www.teessidehospice.org