School children don PJs to support new Fund-A-Bed Appeal
North London Hospice is calling on local schools once again to hold Pyjama Days and raise vital funds to replace the specialist mattresses at our in-patient unit.
Our Fund-A-Bed Appeal in 2015 was a huge success and enabled us to replace the beds at our 18-room in-patient unit, which serves approximately 340 patients a year who are at the end of life. A large proportion of the cost was met thanks to schools holding fundraising days and donating the proceeds to our appeal.
Now, even with specialist cleaning and maintenance, the high amount of use has taken its toll so we need to replace the 20 mattresses.
Fran Deane, Director of Clinical Services, explained: “These are specialist mattresses that help with the relief of pressure sores, comply with infection control, have a transport function and meet fire regulations. Eighteen are standard specialist mattresses and we require two that can be used for our more fragile patients.
“Schools across our three boroughs provided amazing support when we replaced the beds in 2015 and we are hoping they will support us again by holding Pyjama Days and donate the proceeds to the Hospice. What could be better for a school child than rolling out of bed and into the classroom without putting on their school uniform?!”
The cost of 20 new mattresses is just over £37,000. Support for the appeal has been incredible and £31,000 has already been raised and we are hoping that school Pyjama Days will help us reach our target.
If you are a parent or teacher and your school would like to take part please contact Amanda Orsi in our fundraising department on 020 8446 2288.