Urgent Care Appeal

Help us to keep going and maintain the vital care we give

 

Our nurses have cared lovingly for people right across Wigan borough throughout this pandemic. But now your local hospice team desperately needs your support, to help us face the very difficult months still to come.

 

We’d all hoped the pandemic crisis would have all been over by now. As restrictions begin to ease, we could all be forgiven for thinking we’re through the worst.

But for the nurses, patients and their loved ones here at the hospice we’re still very much in the thick of it. And, even though the numbers of COVID patients have thankfully come right down, our challenge here at the hospice has become much, much greater.

At the moment, our charity is ‘losing’ around £2,192 every single day just keeping services open.

 

Rebecca's Story

Thank you to Joanne and the family of Rebecca who are supporting our Urgent Care Appeal.

“Rebecca was so funny and sometimes a little dizzy. I can still see the way she screwed her nose up when she laughed. She loved holidays, her Keep Fit classes, socialising with her family and friends, and her car – even though she lost the ability to drive towards the end. She was honest, reliable, loving. Beautiful. And I know as her mum I’m biased, but everybody loved her.” - Joanne

 

Our Services

Your support today will help us to keep running all the services these patients will need. For those requiring complex medical care in their final days we just want to ease their pain where we can, give them peace, dignity and hopefully the chance to see their family and loved ones one last time. A donation of £37.50 will pay for an hour of compassionate, expert nursing care on our inpatient ward.

Your help will keep our specialist community team supporting patients in their own homes, assessing their needs and helping people to live the best life they can with their condition. For many patients, this contact may be the only one they will have with the outside world and it’s absolutely crucial. A gift of £112 would enable a home visit to a patient from our Specialist Community Nursing team.

And, with your help, we can continue to provide counselling, emotional and practical support to those who have lost someone precious to them – often without the chance to say goodbye properly. A gift from you today of £62 would cover the cost of a counselling session for someone struggling with their loss and grief.

Please make a donation below or go to the bottom of the form to see other ways to donate

 

Other Ways to Donate

  •  Go to our Donate button at the top right of your screen or click Donate.
  • Make a donation through JustGiving at www.justgiving.com/campaign/careappeal
  • Text to donate. Simply text CAREAPPEAL plus the amount you wish to donate to 70085. For example, text CAREAPPEAL 10 to donate £10 or CAREAPPEAL 3 to donate £3. Texts cost donation amount plus one standard rate message.
  • Telephone us on 01942 525566
  • Send a donation to: Urgent Care Appeal, Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Kildare Street, Hindley, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN2 3HZ

 

The impact of COVID-19

The support of our community is what keeps us going.

 

The pandemic has been devastating – it has forced us to change our whole service. Our nurses, in full PPE, have been busy providing the same expert care to patients with complex conditions as well as those who have COVID – and this is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future.

Sadly, we’ve had to be quite restrictive over visiting, which has been so tough on everyone. But we are reducing these restrictions and our team of dedicated nurses, support staff and volunteers are doing everything they can for every patient; to give them a peaceful, dignified final journey and peace of mind for those closest to them.

The specialist nurses alongside ‘hands on’ bedside nurses have been amazing. Mostly working from home, they have combined video and phone calls with home visits so that they are now caring for around 200 local people at any given time between them.

These remarkable nurses have been able to give a lot of people the chance to end their days at home, where they feel safe and comfortable.

Our ‘Hospice in your Care Home’ service has expanded hugely – they now offer support to all 52 registered care homes in our borough – giving vital training, advice and support to their staff at a time when they need it most.

 

Can't Spend It, Send It!

We set up the Can't Spent it, Send it! emergency appeal in response to the pandemic back in April 2020 when it was clear that this pandemic would severely impact upon our finances.

Back then with pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas and so on closed we asked people to send what they couldn't spend at these places. The response was truly humbling.

Now our shops are re-open once again but were closed for a long time. Few fundraising events have been able to take place during the last 15 months and door-to-door lottery canvassing had to stop. It’s going to take a long while yet before our fundraising events and activities, and our shops, are all back to full strength.

Whatever you can manage to donate today will help us to reach local people when they need it most.

Thank You