Willow Burn Hospice in Lanchester received a huge boost on September 18th when Darren Coleman, MBF Charities Manager, travelled to our Province to make a bumper donation of £35,000 to provide a piped oxygen system to the major rebuild taking place at the Hospice.
The patients will now be able to move about the whole building including bedrooms, the communal areas and the new café, and consulting rooms all without the need to carry or wheel portable oxygen bottles. They will be able to plug in to the piped system at a whole range of points reducing stress on the patients and the need for nurses to maintain equipment. Once completed, a plaque will be placed next to the maintenance unit, which is in the main reception and will be viewed by all.
A small group from the Province of Durham Mark Benevolent Fund accompanied Darren on his visit and were treated to a presentation by the executives of the Hospice, a tour of the site and a pleasant lunch.
Our representatives were extremely impressed with the dedication of all concerned, which includes up to 50 regular volunteers and the provision of many additional services such as child therapy, family bereavement support, music therapy and many other similar activities.
They were also able to see the installation of the piping, which is built into the furniture surrounding the beds, thus avoiding the use of unsightly gas cylinders. Darren is pictured standing beside the maintenance unit of the system. On completion of all the work, a plaque will be placed next to the unit.
Shown above are members of the staff of the Hospice and our representatives. From left to right they are; Nicky Doherty, Fundraiser, Paul Jackson, Hospice Chairman, Darren Coleman, MBF Charities Manager, R W Bro Prof D K Wilson, PGM, W Bro R T Lynn, Asst PGM, Anne Britton, Hospice Vice Chairman, W Bro A Gurney, PGSec, and V W Bro R N Neville, PGChSteward.