Ladies Fellowship, longcauseway, Dewsbury

This is a photo of Ladies Fellowship Feb meeting when a cheque for £3100.00 was presented to Jane Dutton from Kirkwood Hospice, the total of our fundraising for 2012.



A cheque for £3,100.00 was presented to Jane Dutton from Kirkwood Hospice, which was our chosen charity for 2012.   Jane told us about the work being carried out at Kirkwood to update and expand the hospice.   She also told us about the varied activities and care at the hospice for patients, relatives, and for the bereaved, and support given to those diagnosed with life-threatening illness and those having treatment.   Many of the ladies did not realise the scope of support given by the staff at the hospice.

Our chosen charities for 2013 are CARE Dewsbury and Daybreak.


Ladies Fellowship

February 2013

We were pleased and proud to present a cheque for £3100 to Jane Dutton, the events fundraiser for Kirkwood Hospice. We had agreed that the hospice should be our chosen charity last year as 2012 was the 25th anniversary of its founding. Our thanks go to all those who helped to raise this magnificent amount in these difficult financial times.

After the hilarity of the "photo shoot" which required endless patience and humour on the part of us all and not just the photographer, we settled down to hear from Jane something of the work of Kirkwood Hospice and of the cost of maintaining such an important facility.

Poignantly for Jane, her visit to us was her last official engagement. She has been involved with the hospice since it was built in 1987, starting with helping with fundraising in her shop and her church. She has experienced the care of the hospice from "both sides of the fence". Her best friend and members of her family were cared for there and she too has been a patient there. She confided that she has had amazing support from them for her own cancer treatment and that her daughter too has been supported during cancer treatment. The hospice cares for people with any life-threatening illness, not just cancer. It has looked after 1700 people in their own homes with a form of palliative care similar to that provided by the MacMillan nurses. A similar number of patients have been cared for in nursing homes through their Support and Therapy Services.

From Monday to Friday day patients are supported in a variety of ways. Monday is "drop-in day" when anyone can come for help and advice. The following days are planned days for patients who are brought in to see a doctor and may take part in a variety of relaxation classes including art and creative writing, while enjoying the comforts of hair and beauty treatment, manicures and relaxing baths. All family members may come along and there is a Family Care Centre for pre and post bereavement support. There is also an Education Centre and courses are held for health-care professionals.

For the terminally ill the in-patient unit is an option. Some choose to end their days there while others prefer to die at home with support from the palliative care team. Some patients who come to day care for pain control are invited to spend two weeks at the hospice then revisit for a short period if they wish.

It costs over £4 million each year to maintain the hospice and only 18% comes from the local primary care trust. In twenty-five years people have raised £60 million for direct care to 125,000 people. Last year the hospice needed another £3 million to bring patient care up-to-date and to provide more single en-suite rooms. The new facilities which will open in June will include nine single rooms plus one new section with four beds and another with three. There will also be extra facilities for families to stay. They have managed to raise another £7 million for these!

Jane concluded by saying that Kirkwood Hospice is staffed by wonderful, caring professionals. She reminded us that people are welcome to call in any time and that their Spring Fair will be held on April 27th. Unfortunately for us it clashes with our fundraising event for our new charities.

Elaine Heard. ®
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