Beds boost for hospice thanks to funding from Redrow

A Wrexham hospice has sprung into action to purchase three new specialist beds thanks to a donation of £7,700 from Flintshire based house builder Redrow’s national charity.

Nightingale House provides specialist palliative care services to patients with life limiting illnesses and their families across North East Wales. It will cost £2.4 million to run the hospice this year - around £6,600 per day.

The Redrow Foundation’s donation has been earmarked for the charity’s rolling bed replacement programme. The unit has a total of 16 special hydraulic beds, each of which needs to be replaced every three to four years.

Sandy McBride, managing director of Ewloe-based Redrow Homes (NW) – currently building new homes in Wrexham, Northop and Buckley – visited the charity to find out how the money will be spent.

Sandy said: “It was very humbling to visit the hospice and see firsthand the outstanding levels of care and support offered to patients and their families. Nightingale House provides invaluable support to the communities of North East Wales and we are delighted to be able to donate enough money so three more specialist beds can be purchased to help keep patients comfortable.”

The donation was made during Nightingale House’s ‘Go Yellow’ campaign in June, part of National Hospice Awareness Month, which is raising public awareness of the range and quality of care that hospices bring to their communities.

The hospice is encouraging members of the public, schools and business to hold a variety of yellow themed events to help raise awareness and funds.

The Redrow Foundation is the national charity of Flintshire-based housebuilder Redrow Homes, which builds new homes across England and Wales. It provides financial support for the relief of poverty and sickness in the UK and, in particular, to provide accommodation and related assistance, including respite care, especially to children, the elderly and those who are sick or infirm. To date it has contributed almost £400,000 to a wide variety of good causes.

Caroline Siddall, income generation director at Nightingale House, said: “The majority of our income is raised voluntarily and we are constantly asking trusts and other organisations to help us with our bed programme. To get one bed donated is great but to get enough money for three beds in one go is really fantastic. We are extremely grateful to the Redrow Foundation for its support.”

Nightingale House receives just 20% of the funds it needs from statutory sources. A further £5,400 per day is needed to keep its facilities open and completely free of charge to patients and their families.

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Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Gold award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2011 What House? awards; and its ‘Our Pride ~ Your Joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2011Housebuilder Awards for innovation and excellence. Web: