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 As a trust or grant-making body you may be able to help us fund a current need outright
 
 
 
Emily Murphy
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Trusts Fundraiser
 
2020 has seen an unprecedented pressure on hospice budgets following the Covid-19 pandemic. The hospice has been very grateful to receive emergency funding to cover adapted working practices and unbudgeted costs but it is important not to lose sight of the longer term objective – funding core services.

All core services have been maintained and we are proud to say that we are still here, and still sharing the care. However, the change in financial situation has shifted the focus for funding. The need to fund core services is now the key priority.

This is a challenging time but we are determined to continue providing expert care and support for our patients and their families.

A grant today will ensure continued care for some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Here’s some of the ways you can help and support these services along with other items to enhance the patient/service user care experience.
  • Unrestricted Grant (celebrating 30 years of Wakefield Hospice)
  • Dementia Day Care
  • Enablement
  • Bereavement and Mental Health
  • Infection Control
  • IT/digital infrastructure
  • Nursing and Healthcare
  • Young People
  • Syringe Driver
 
Unrestricted Grant (celebrating 30 years of Wakefield Hospice)
Time is a valuable thing in a hospice. Each £250 donated, funds 30 minutes of hospice life but what does that actually mean?.....

In reality, 30 minutes is...
  • an exercise session led by the enablement team helping patients gain strength and independence. 
  • a soak in a specialist hoist bath, helping alleviate pain and encourage relaxation
  • the full clean and preparation of a room for a new patient, giving them the best welcome to their new surroundings whilst upholding infection control measures
  • an assisted ‘walk’ in the grounds
  • a cake baked for a special occasion
  • a quick cycle wash in our in-house laundry helping to return a patients favourite set of pyjamas clean and dry
  • a hand massage (Mtechnique) helping to calm and soothe patients’ anxieties.
  • a patient watching their favourite TV soap helping to maintain normality and ensure they don’t miss the latest storyline.
  • an assisted meal, helping patients with swallowing difficulties stay nourished and hydrated
  • the last 30 minutes loved ones will ever spend together.  Our viewing room allows final messages, hugs and final moments to be treasured.  For one family, they have held such high value on being able to bathe their daughter one last time as she lay there peacefully.
View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.
 
Dementia Day Care
As part of its commitment to caring for people living with dementia, Wakefield Hospice is introducing a new, person-centred, dementia day care service and is looking for funding to increase capacity on an additional day each week specifically for advanced dementia care.

Funding will change lives for the better. Not just the life of the person living with dementia but their family and carers too. It costs £400 to provide all aspects of each day care session (e.g. support materials, entertainment, refreshments, utilities, and staff expertise). Each session would comfortably benefit 12 local people and their carers.  The aim is to provide this service, each week, for 48 weeks of the year.

The service will…..
  • Provide support sessions for people with dementia – services provided will be based on an assessment of need and will be offered on a short term pre-planned basis over a number of set weeks.
  • Provide valuable stimulus outside their home
  • Support people with dementia to remain living in their own homes
  • Enhance the quality of life of individuals and their carers
  • Provide carer relief/respite on a short term and planned basis
  • Ensure that all Service Users are provided with a person-centred plan that places the individual at the heart of the Service.
  • Ensure people with dementia have access to palliative care and support at a time they need it.
View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.
 
Enablement
Rehabilitative palliative care (RPC), is a fresh thinking practise that, through a multidisciplinary approach, transforms people’s lives. It can be applied at any stage of an individuals’ illness to support them to achieve their own personal goals and priorities for living. RPC minimises ‘disability’ and optimises functional independence, allowing for a more active and meaningful existence – they are a person, not a patient. 

Hospice UK state: Not only does this approach enable people with life-limiting and terminal conditions to live as independently and fully as possible, it allows hospices to respond to increasing demand for their services in a cost-effective way.

Funding will support this approach, ensuring more people can live as full a life as possible for as long as possible whilst helping the hospice work smarter to tight budgets in the face of increasing costs and growing demand, ensuring more people can access right care at the right time.

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.
 
Bereavement and Mental Health
Covid-19 is robbing families of traditional ways to observe and process grief. This new normal does not allow for scenarios that traditionally help with creating closure after a death or loss of another kind. Experience dictates that this is going to create a surge in demand for support, putting a pressure on the already limited services in our area. 

To help meet this growing demand Wakefield Hospice is navigating new ways to use its expertise to support the increased number of people experiencing bereavement, post-traumatic distress and mental health issues, across the community, as a direct result of the coronavirus.

Funding will help provide a critical response to those affected by the pandemic and change people’s lives for the better. £450 would pay for one bereavement staff member to provide remote support for a whole week (5 working days).

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.
 
Infection Control
Infection control prevents or stops the spread of infections in healthcare settings.

In a hospice, this is more imperative due to the vulnerability of the individuals needing care. A simple cold virus for example can have more detrimental effects that in other settings.

Covid-19 brought many new challenges to which the hospice team responded immediately, effectively meeting stringent regulations to prevent the spread and protect everyone in the building.

A significant difference to that of ‘normal’ working arrangements is the need to repeatedly purchase personal protective equipment (PPE). The items purchased are essential but do not always last forever. A lot are single use so the costs already incurred will need to be duplicated.

Funding will support the essential, ongoing, dedicated hard work of the domestic team and the equipment they need in order to keep everyone safe and ensuring other teams can continue to do their vital work effectively.

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.

IT/digital infrastructure
Funding here will support the hospice’s overall adapted strategy to ensure a stable financial position for the longer term. Part of this strategy is to invest in, and develop, the hospice’s IT and digital infrastructure to adapt to new working practices and improve the efficiency of our income generating capabilities.

Wakefield Hospice needs to invest in its IT and digital infrastructure to be able to work more effectively and efficiently through and beyond the ‘new normal’, helping the hospice adapt to generate its own income through new and enhanced ways.
This may involve investment in our website or equipment to support remote working/training for example, or software to enhance service delivery.

With social distancing set to be an indefinite feature within our daily lives, traditional ways of generating income are no longer appropriate. New measures are in place in readiness for opening the retail shops. Events will no longer be able to follow the same structure as before. All these changes ultimately affect the numbers that can attend and reduced numbers means reduced income.

By moving to more online/virtual methods, the hospice can start to mitigate this and continue to generate its own funds to support core costs. For example, setting up an online shop or hosting events in a virtual capacity will allow more people to access, attend and benefit whilst enabling the hospice to continue generating its own funds in a safe and ethical manner. Our current platforms do not lend themselves towards achieving this so funding really will enable this to happen.

For more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.

Nursing and Healthcare
It takes a special type of person to care for the dying.

Wakefield Hospice is fortunate to have a plethora of special individuals who go to great lengths to ensure the best care is provided, at all times, to some of the most vulnerable people in community at any stage of their illness.

And how a person dies, can have a profound affect for the memories of those who live on. The hospice’s healthcare team makes sure these memories are positive.  Each member of the team is committed to providing a holistic approach to care, to deliver the best support possible. By preserving dignity and comfort, reducing suffering and going the extra mile on a daily basis, so many lives are touched by their care.

A donation today will support this amazing healthcare team working day-to-day on the in-patient unit (IPU) with patients in need of symptom management, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual support at the end of life.

This year Wakefield Hospice is celebrating its 30th anniversary. There were so many plans, so many events and so much to be celebrated. We will get a second chance at this but when caring for the dying there is only one chance to get it right.

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.

Young People
Wakefield Hospice recognises that a life limiting diagnosis and a death affects the whole family. For children and young people this can be a very confusing, scary and lonely time. A key part of work at Wakefield Hospice is recognising and supporting everyone within a family who is affected by the diagnosis, whatever their age. 

The hospice’s specialist team are trained and skilled in facilitating difficult conversations and supporting children and young people in a way that is meaningful to them whilst working with them to create positive, lasting memories. 

Funding towards the family care service will support young people through a very traumatic time in their lives and provide them with practical skills, capacities and capabilities to help them participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.

Syringe Driver
At Wakefield Hospice, we pride ourselves on providing high quality end of life care. This does not always mean that we care for patients in their last few days but also those with life limiting illness, symptom control and pain management needs.

Syringe drivers are pivotal in this role. They help reduce symptoms by delivering a steady flow of injected medication at a constant rate under the skin for as long as it is needed. The drivers are sometimes called a continuous subcutaneous infusion.

They are a very reliable way to control symptoms and are particularly useful when symptom control by medicines given by other routes are no longer appropriate or effective, for example when:
  • the patient is in severe pain and a regular flow of medication is needed for sufficient pain relief
  • the patient may be agitated or distressed
  • the patient’s airway is compromised through respiratory secretions
  • the patient is prone to vomiting or nausea
  • the patient is weak
  • the patient finds it difficult to swallow tablets or liquid due to a dry and/or sore mouth
Due to their high frequency of use the drivers often break and need replacing or require repairs or parts replacing. On average, the hospice needs to replace three drivers each year.

View full case for support here or for more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.
 
Talking Photo Albums
Talking photo albums are innovative products with a recording and playback function, allowing for a narrative and/or soundtrack on each page to accompany the images.

They improve social interaction skills, increase independence and enhance communication between families and the professionals who work with them. 

In response to Covid-19, staff have adapted and diversified the use of the album which has been used in dementia care and bereavement support work. Stringent, yet necessary safety measures are denying many families of the chance to enjoy final moments together. Strict visiting restrictions have had to be imposed and with no end in sight, staff have navigated a new way, using the talking photo album, for families to stay connected even when they are being kept apart, helping to strengthen family bonds at a time when they cannot physically be together.

A little goes a long way in our charitable organisation. Your donation today, will enable families to stay connected, in ways that would not otherwise be possible.  You will capture, share and pass on precious memories. You will improve wellbeing.  You will be part of the future and bring the past to life.

Put simply - your support today, will last a lifetime.

For more information or to make a donation directly, please contact Trusts Fundraiser, Emily Murphy on emily.murphy@wakefieldhospice.co.uk or phone 01924 331401.