Pendle communications firm makes £10,000 donation towards extra beds at Pendleside Hospice
Pendleside has converted the day services area of the hospice, which is temporarily closed, into eight extra bedrooms for palliative care and end-of-life patients to be transferred from hospital.
The Daisy donation will supplement funding from the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and has been used for the one-off costs of buying new infection control flooring, oxygen systems and washbasins.
In addition, Nelson-based communications group Daisy has also donated a large volume of personal protective equipment, including masks, garments, anti-bacterial hand sanitisers.
Matthew Riley, founder and chairman of Daisy, said: “Pendleside Hospice is an amazing charity and provides vital services to the local community. Beds are unfortunately increasing in demand due to the Covid-19 outbreak, so we felt we had to do something to support the hospice and, in turn, the NHS.
“Charities rely heavily on fundraising, but they’re suffering from a significant loss of income; it’s more important than ever that the community comes together and supports wherever it can.”
Lisa Pearson, Pendleside’s head of income generation, said: “We receive grants from the CCG for our running costs, but with fundraising efforts impacted by coronavirus, we questioned how we were going to fund the equipment we needed for our new bedrooms.
“At a time like this, when businesses themselves are having to adapt in an uncertain world, it’s an amazing gesture from Daisy. Donations like this will be crucial to the long-term future of the hospice.”
The rooms were converted by the hospice maintenance staff who worked around the clock to complete the work in 10 days.
To donate to the Pendleside ‘Keep Your Hospice Open’ appeal please go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/pendlesidecovid19appeal