Fundabed appeal smashes target

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North London Hospice’s appeal to fund new patient beds has raised a staggering £70,000 thanks to the generosity of the local community. Eighteen new profiling beds, together with new pressure-relieving mattresses, duvets and bed linen will be bought by the Hospice following donations of £69,829. The beds will be used in the Hospice’s inpatient unit in Woodside Avenue, Finchley, making the lives of terminally ill patients being cared for more comfortable. Director of Clinical Services at the Hospice Fran Deane said the new beds would make a huge difference to the patients being cared for at the Hospice. Ms Deane said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, our supporters, community groups, corporate partners and trusts. “ “All of the beds in the unit are over seven years old and are proving difficult and costly to maintain. Many have developed faults, and failures have had a direct effect on our occupancy levels. Maintenance costs are increasing year on year and delays caused by waiting for work to be undertaken can mean there are no spare beds for patients to be admitted too.” The new models will aid independence while ensuring patients are safe at all times. They will offer improved levels of infection control and more enhanced ergonomics. The Hospice will purchase new bed linen, including sheets, pillowcases and covers allowing the rooms to have a more fresh, modern and homely feel. Ms Deane added: “The Hospice will also be able to replace the existing bed mattresses. Pressure relieving mattresses are essential in end of life care to ensure, as far as possible, that skin integrity is maintained and pressure ulcers do not develop. “ Donations came into the Hospice after it launched its ‘Fund a Bed’ appeal back in February. Schools, nurseries and toddler groups as well as the Hospice’s corporate partners Natwest got involved by raising funds by holding pyjama themed fundraising activities. Pupils and staff at Fortismere School, in Muswell Hill, raised £700 for the campaign by spending the day dressed in onesies, slippers and pyjamas. Headteacher Helen Anthony said: “Facing your own, or a loved one’s end of life is an incredibly hard and sad thing to have to do. We have chosen to support North London Hospice because they work tirelessly to optimise the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses and provide specialist care to patients and their families. They do incredible work, and we, as part of the North London community, want to thank and support them.” Due the campaign exceeding the £36,000 target initially set, the Hospice will also be able to replace all the laundry equipment it needs to run a seven-day service. This will include the replacement of two commercial tumble driers, two commercial washing machines and a roller iron. Ms Deane added: “We really are extremely grateful to the communities of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey for allowing this to happen. It is thanks to their generosity that we are able to offer the best care facilities to our patients and their families.”      

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