Dedicate a Daisy to a loved one

11 May 2015

PEOPLE from Wigan and Leigh are being invited to Dedicate A Daisy to remember a loved one and support the Hospice.

Dedicate a Daisy

In return for a donation the name of a treasured friend or relative will be handwritten onto a wooden daisy which will be planted in the Hospice gardens or can be taken home straight away.

The Hospice is currently raising £60,000 for the Counting on Care appeal to support the cost of modernising the 14-bed Inpatient Unit and making it dementia-friendly. All proceeds from Dedicate A Daisy will go towards the appeal.

Maxine Armstrong, Fundraising and Lottery Manager, said: "Dedicate A Daisy is a simple and meaningful way to support our Counting on Care appeal. A lot of people tell us that they would like some sort of memorial to their loved one at the Hospice so dedicating one of our beautiful wooden daisies will give families that opportunity.
"The daisies will be planted together in our gardens in remembrance until September when everyone who has dedicated a daisy will be able to take it home with them to keep."

The redesign of the Inpatient Unit will focus on improvements to the 14 bedrooms and to the corridor and bays leading to the bedrooms.

New signage, flooring and lighting will help people with dementia to better navigate the Inpatient Unit and feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

Artwork will be based on local scenes to help with reminiscence while new décor, including bedding, carpets, curtains and furniture will be introduced to all bedrooms so that patients with dementia feel less disoriented in unfamiliar surroundings.

Other improvements, such as handrails along the corridors and contrasting colours to help distinguish each bedroom bay, will also be built in.

Chief Executive Alan Baron said: "Our Inpatient Unit is 18 years old now so inevitably it is in need of some modernisation. This, combined with the increasing number of patients and visitors we are seeing with dementia, led us to launch our appeal.
"We've been working closely with our local Alzheimer's Society to really understand what changes we need to make in terms of lighting, flooring, signage, artwork and décor to make the Inpatient Unit as comfortable and therapeutic as possible for people living with dementia. All of these improvements will not only radically improve the Hospice experience for people with dementia but also for all our visitors and patients."

Daisies will remain planted in the gardens until Sunday, September 6th when all those who have made dedications will be invited to a ceremony at the Hospice where they will be able to collect their daisy.

You can Dedicate A Daisy by filling in one of the leaflets which are available in the Hospice, in Hospice shops and in supporting businesses across the Borough. You can also email the Hospice team on fundraising@wlh.org.uk, telephone 01942 525566 or download one from this page.

Other ways to support Counting on Care

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

• 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 clear that your donation is for the Counting on Care appeal.

• Visit our Campaign page on www.justgiving.com/wlh/

 

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