Please help families stay together.

Our 30 year old hospice wing was keeping families apart.

Help us complete the transformation of our three bedded bays into nine modern bedrooms that allow families to sleep by their loved ones’ side.

Want to find out more?

Contact Ali, Capital Appeals Manager, to arrange a coffee at the Hospice.

Just call 01246 567250 or email alison.ward-foster@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk

The problem

In 2015, Ashgate Hospicecare was awarded an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission. The report stated that the hospice provides high quality, safe and innovative care. Patients, their families and carers were highly complementary and satisfied with the care given, which they often described as excellent, exceptional or outstanding.

However, our hospice building was far from outstanding. The bays remained unchanged for 30 years and were in desperate need of renovation. They were cramped, dated, dark, draughty and institutionalised. The Clinical Commissioning Group agreed that the bays were not fit for purpose due to the impact they had on respect and dignity. We wanted to do something about this.

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Karen Walker, Ward Manager

"My team and I do everything that we can to give our patients the best care. That is why it was upsetting to see how the three bays were compromising their privacy and dignity and denying them essential private time with their loved ones when it matters most."

Recently we had a lady who was admitted to the Inpatient Unit, who desperately wanted to stay at home with her three young children. She came to the Hospice because she needed specialist round the clock hospice care.

Unfortunately, the only bed available was in a bay with two other patients and although her children, husband and family could visit her at any time, she was clearly very anxious. She worried that her children would disrupt the other patients or even be upset by what they would witness. There was no space for her children to bring their toys or play and they struggled to sit around her bed. She wanted to make the most of every single moment she spent with her children and leave them with as many happy memories as she could, but that precious ‘mummy time’ was almost impossible in the bay. We needed to do something urgently to keep families together and provide patients with the privacy and dignity they deserve.

The new bedrooms

We are pleased to say that thanks to the generosity of supporters within our community, we have been able to transform the old bays into nine individual bedrooms. But we still need your help...

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New Rooms

Cost of transforming the old bays into nine beautiful bedrooms

We have been able to do so much already with thanks to the trusts, businesses and local people who have supported us so far. However, we still need to raise £470,000 and we need your help. We have been able to keep the costs of the project down thanks to G F Tomlinson foregoing their profits, CRASH securing materials free of charge, CLoSE UK and WMA Developments.

£1.2 million

Total cost of renovation

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£470,000

Still to raise

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How donations will make a difference

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Your gift will help our patients to have the modern, private and homely bedroom they deserve and the space to spend precious time with the ones they love.

Alison Ward

Want to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about Ashgate Hospicecare or about the difference your support would make, please don’t hesitate to call Ali Ward-Foster, Capital Appeals Manager.

Just call 01246 567250 or email alison.ward-foster@ashgatehospicecare.org.uk