Counting on Care appeal

Wigan and Leigh Hospice is currently running the Counting on Care appeal to create an Inpatient Unit for the future and incorporate dementia-friendly principles.

Counting on Care


Counting on Care

The present Hospice was built in 1997 and after 20 years while our care remains of the same high standard our Inpatient Unit (IPU) is in need of modernisation. 

There are around 300 admissions to the IPU each year of patients with life-limiting illnesses in order that nursing staff and doctors can manage pain and symptoms, give emotional support or provide care at the end of life. The Hospice also cares for around 800 people in the community every year as well as those people important to our patients.

Designs have been drawn up for a refurbishment which will make the IPU a more comfortable and therapeutic place for all patients and visitors. At the same time we have incorporated changes which will aid patients and visitors with dementia.

Hospice staff are seeing increasing numbers of patients and visitors with dementia. By acting now we can meet the challenge of caring for an increasing number of patients who suffer from both dementia and a second life-limiting illness.

Our schedule of works

We have already finished work on phase 1 of the redesign. This has created an improved reception area; a new cafe for patients, visitors and volunteers;a new dedicated entrance to the IPU and improved overnight stay facilities for visitors.

Work began on the IPU in January 2017 after several years of planning. The work will take place until the end of the year to complete and will include the following:

  • Modernisation of every patient bedroom on the 16-bed IPU which includes new heating, lighting, decor, patio doors, windows and furnishings*
  • An extension which will relocate four of the existing bedrooms and will create a new nurses reception area and office as well as an equipment store and clinic room
  • A second overnight stay room to allow more families to comfortably stay with loved ones
  • Improvements throughout the IPU which adhere to dementia-friendly principles
  • Better lighting, colour-coding and clear signage to help with navigation
  • New artwork showing local scenes from around Wigan and Leigh as conversation points and to stimulate reminiscence
  • Transformation of one bedroom into a bariatric bedroom with additional specialist bathroom
  • New furnishings throughout the public seating areas on the IPU and in the lounge areas
  • Upgrades to bathrooms and W/Cs used by patients and visitors

In order to ensure that the Hospice can continue to operate at full capacity during the project, the work will be carried out using a phased approach working on four bedrooms at a time with additional temporary bedrooms being brought into use which are furnished to the same high standards as the current bedrooms.

Rebekah Ashley, IPU Manager, said: "The staff are really excited and looking forward to seeing the work completed. The In-patient Unit doesn't look bad at the moment but it's beginning to look outdated and tired.

"The changes will make it brighter and the sign-posting and colour-coding of bedroom bays will make it much easier for patients and visitors to get around. It's quite easy to get lost around the In-patient Unit and patients can find it difficult to identify their own room as each bay of bedrooms looks exactly the same at present. The improved Inpatient Unit will be a relaxing and therapeutic environment conducive to the individual needs of our patients and those important to them.

"Our patients deserve dignity, comfort and care and the changes we are making will ensure they continue to receive safe and supportive care for years to come."

Our aim

The Hospice has secured some grant funding but to do all the work, the Hospice needed more, and launched the Counting on Care appeal.

We want to raise £50,000 towards the cost of modernising our 16-bed IPU. We are on our way as we enter into the early stages of the redesign but need YOUR support to help us reach our target.

You can help in any way you wish but here are a few ways you can help us:

• Text a donation. Text HSPC02 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070. So, to donate £5 text HSPC02 £5.

• Dedicate A Daisy to a loved one. Dedicate one of our beautiful wooden daisies as a symbol of remembrance. The daisy will be planted in a special place in our gardens and you can take it home later, or take your daisy home straight away.

• Hold a fundraising event. No matter how big or small these really do make a huge difference. Please see our website or contact the fundraising team for fundraising ideas and support. 

• Call the fundraising team to make a donation over the phone or send a cheque to the Hospice. Please make it clear that your donation is for the Counting on Care appeal.

• Make a donation online. See our Campaign page on

You can also sign up to the first Leigh Community 10k on August 13th. All entry fees and sponsorship raised will go towards the appeal.

Please see our Facebook page for updates and photos on the project. Simply search 'wiganandleighhospice'


Counting on Care 1

one of our older bedroom bays

Contact Us

We would love to hear your stories of how you are getting involved with the appeal. Please contact Sam Shale on 01942 525566 or email:

Share your photos or videos of your event on Facebook or tweet at us @wl_hospice 

If you require help with fundraising or have your own ideas on how to fundraise for the appeal and need support please contact the Fundraising team on 01942 525566 or email:


Pictures below show work progressing and the first completed bedroom bay

New bay opensIPU 3

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