Businesses sought to lend a helping hand at St Catherine’s Hospice

Senior staff nurses Claire Bannister and Lindsey Golding mark St Catherine's 30th anniversary
Senior staff nurses Claire Bannister and Lindsey Golding mark St Catherine's 30th anniversary

Businesses are being urged to think about what skills they could offer St Catherine’s Hospice as a 30th birthday gift.

During 2015, the Lostock Hall charity is running the Give A Gift campaign in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post – a list of 30 different things they would like local businesses, schools and individuals to help them achieve during their milestone 30th anniversary year.

“We’d be delighted to hear from businesses who could spare some of their time, expertise and resources to really make a difference”

Jimmy Brash, Director of Care at St Catherine’s

Included within it are several items which local companies could help with by providing their services ‘in kind’.

Projects include re-painting corridors on the in-patient unit, providing new flooring for patient areas, and fitting new windows inside the in-patient unit conservatory, which also needs new furniture.

Jimmy Brash, Director of Care at St Catherine’s, explained: “As a local charity which depends on our supporters, we are committed to spending the funds which are so generously donated to us on delivering the front-line care which local people need and expect.

“With limited funds available, it means that projects like re-decorating are further down the list of priorities.

“However, with the support of businesses who do this kind of work for a living, we could see some fantastic improvements to our patient areas – making them brighter and even more welcoming for those who use them.

“Our conservatory on the in-patient unit is a particularly valued space here at St Catherine’s, which is used by patients and families alike. It gives people back a sense of normality which is so important and offers a change of scene away from patient bedrooms. It has even been the venue for special occasions such as a child’s birthday party.

“We’d be delighted to hear from businesses who could spare some of their time, expertise and resources to really make a difference.”

For businesses perhaps more interested in fund-raising rather than giving their services in kind, there are other items on the list that colleagues could come together and raise money for.

They include two specialist beds and mattresses, a ‘moisture meter’ – a piece of equipment which measures the effectiveness of lymphoedema treatments – and a service delivering complementary therapies to patients in the comfort of their own homes, rather than having to go into the hospice.

Will your workplace help St Catherine’s with a birthday gift? Your story will be featured in the LEP as part of the Give A Gift campaign.

To get involved, email giveagift@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 695290.