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 2020-2021 season it has been voted on and decided that ‘Melanoma UK’ was to be the chosen charity. Their Values are as follows;
- To provide patient support and assist in the awareness of the condition of malignant melanoma.
- To provide funds for vital research to prolong and preserve our patients’ quality of life.
- To educate and heighten awareness of the dangers of melanoma.
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 Melanoma UK in the incredible work they do;
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.
Our visit to Dr Kershaws
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.
A new season is upon us, and we feel the time has come to hand over the valuable money PTB and more importantly you, the supporters, have raised for Dr Kershaws and pledge our support to a different charity.
We have absolutely loved raising funds for Dr Kershaws. Trying to raise funds during a pandemic was obviously a challenge and while we wish we could have done so many more events, we had to be inventive with what we chose.
We visited them in February of this year and were blown away by the dedication and commitment of the staff to helping people at such a critical and emotional time in peoples lives. I think it’s fair to say that you could never ever truly appreciate the time and effort that put in to keep organisations like Dr Kershaws running from year to year. Our thoughts and respect go fully to all the people that make it work.
The support of the media team along with Community Fundraiser, Lille Winterbottom, was heartwarming and the constant contact to spur us on or congratulate us will never be lost on us.
We raised in total £2983.49 (including just giving, gift aid and offline donations) and the key highlights have to be Steve’s Charity runs, the PTB Badges that sold fantastically and the fantastic donation from Will’s Birthday fundraiser that a number of you contributed to on Facebook. All of these events, along with many more, contributed a significant amount of this figure.
Dr Kershaws will also have a special place in our hearts and we will continue to support them however we can, but we feel the time has come to find a new charity for a new season
That’s it, all badges are gone! Under a week after going on sale, we have managed to shift the whole lot. Just awaiting some final payments and we will let you know the final amount.
HUGE thanks to all that contributed in any way 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #oafc
Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic we feel that Dr Kershaws has missed out on much needed revenue through fundraisers and other events being cancelled, because of this we have been looking at ways to maximise the money we can make for them during these difficult times.
Push The Boundary has had a number of enquiries from fans in relation to having a piece of PTB memorabilia produced, due to this and the requirement for more funds to be raised in new ways for our current charity, over the last few months we have been working hard to find a supplier to create a PTB pin badge. The badge created is a soft enamel badge with a butterfly clip to the back. If this proves popular we will look again at other Memorabilia opportunities for next years charity.
We are pleased to announce the badges have now arrived and are available for a donation of £3 each with a 65p postage charge per postal order to cover the cost of delivery due to the current Covid 19 guidelines. There is limited stock so the badges will be sold on a first come first served basis. Every single penny of your £3 donation towards your badge will go to Dr Kershaws via our Just Giving page.
To place an order, please email us at email@example.com with your Full Name, Address, Postcode and quantity of badges required. We will then respond to you with a code to enter as a reference along with bank details of where to send your payment.
We will do what we can to ensure we continue to do our bit for Dr Kershaws during these difficult times. We hope you will be able to help us too!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org