This is a page dedicated to the seasons chosen ‘Push The Boundary’ charity which will be chosen by the clubs supporters and those who have registered with Push The Boundary.
For the 2019-2020 season it has been voted on and decided that ‘Dr Kershaws Hospice’ was to be the chosen charity, a local charity doing truly inspiring work for patients with life limiting illnesses.
Here is their website;
You can donate money on the link below and no matter how small or big your donation is, every penny counts to help staff provide the best care possible;
At the heart of the community, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides end of life care and support to the people of Oldham who are living with a life limiting illness. Care and support is offered to patients and their families, throughout the various stages of their illness and will include the relief of pain and symptoms with the aim of meeting the physical, emotional and psychological, spiritual, educational and social needs of the individual. Our doctors and nurses care for patients on our 12 bed ward and in our Well-Being Centre, as well as supporting patients in their own home through our Hospice at Home service. Supporting services include Caring Hands (specialist domiciliary care), 24 hours advice line and Lymphoedema clinic, along with bereavement support. Most recently the Hospice has become a ‘Closer to Home’ chemotherapy centre for The Christie, allowing patients undergoing chemotherapy to receive their treatment closer to where they live, significantly reducing travel time to and from their chemo sessions.
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is currently undergoing one significant change, the building of a brand new 12 bed ward. The new facilities will comprise 8 single rooms and 2 multi-occupancy rooms, all with en-suite facilities. The project will be complete in Autumn 2020 but in the meantime, our patients are being cared for in a purpose built temporary ward. The facilities are an exciting new development that will ensure we can continue to provide specialist palliative care to our community, who are at the heart of everything we do.
Regretfully we have, along with fellow hospice Springhill, made the decision to postpone this years Hospice to Hospice Walk which was due to take place on the 26th April 2020.
Events Fundraiser, Grace Carr states: “The world is in an unprecedented situation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our participants, volunteers, patients and staff must come first. We know this news will be disappointing to many but we are hoping that we can still run this event later on in the year so that members of the community can walk in memory of their loved ones and still support the Hospice.”
The Hospice will be notifying participants that have already signed up for this years event in due course and if anyone has any questions please contact the fundraising team on 0161 624 2727 or via email: email@example.com
When you think of the word ‘hospice’ it can send a shiver down your spine and immediately conjures up a fear factor.
We arrived at Dr Kershaws on a grey Saturday in February while the UK was in the midst of Storm Dennis. Then, in came Lillie, the Community Fundraiser for Dr Kershaws, and immediately you felt a bit better. With a cheery demeanour and huge smile on her face she already started to dispel some of those feelings the dreaded ‘H’ word could bring.
She went on to explain all the different services the hospice can offer, and it was far more expansive than we could ever have imagined, whether it just be care, there is a relaxation room where you can have a massage, pet therapy, you can have some beauty treatment or even have a bubble bath! They have also more recently started to offer sessions where patients with similar symptoms can talk to each other and their experiences and a service via Christie’s where local patients can receive chemotherapy treatment at the hospice rather than travel over to South Manchester at what can be great time and expense.
The onus was clearly on creating a wonderful atmosphere and catering for every wish that a patient at Dr Kershaws would have. Some of the stories we heard were heartbreaking but the fact is, as Dr Kershaws try to promote, this is reality and if you can make someone’s last few days or weeks more comfortable and keep people smiling, then there is no measurement for this.
Staff walked down the corridors as we were given a tour of the facilities, everyone was bubbly, happy to chat and it was clear that there was a community feeling around the hospice. They rely on the service of volunteers, but this feels an unfair word to use, they are much more than that. The time and dedication they have to make people happy in such an altruistic fashion, you couldn’t help but smile and feel a bit warm inside.
There is a chapel where people of all faith can pray or you can even renew your vows or leave a message for a loved one. Seeing messages from and to sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and friends was truly heartbreaking but inspirational at the same time.
Dr Kershaws are building an extension where they will be able to extend from 8 beds to 12 with much better facilities than they are afforded currently. This will make people more comfortable and be able to offer more privacy and an even better standard of care. Lillie admitted that while Dr Kershaws (formerly the cottage hospital) nods to its past, it needs to move forward and once completed, the facilities look fantastic.
Then there is the fundraising. Dr Kershaws need £3m of funding a year in order to stay open. £1m of this comes from government grants and from the NHS but this obviously leaves £2m to find. This is where engagement with local people and businesses comes in and having walked around, if strength of feeling and emotions were a currency, they would never need to raise another penny as their account would be full. We walked back out into the rain and storm, but we were definitely made to forget about it for a few hours.
We were delighted to have gone and met people as it gives us a true perspective as to what goes on behind those doors and it makes you realise that every single penny, is greatly received. We will announce some fundraising ideas very soon.
Don’t forget you can donate here;
If you have any fundraising ideas and/or stories about Dr Kershaws or just have a message, feel free to send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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