Hospice is in urgent need of more donations

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A hospice is in urgent need of new mattresses – and needs your help to buy them.

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger provides compassionate care for people with life-limiting illness and their families every year across Bedfordshire.

Providing incredible care and support to patients and their families is of the utmost importance to the team at St John’s and for this reason, a range of exciting projects is currently underway to obtain new and improved equipment.

But the need for more mattresses is now ‘imperative’.

Hospice Director, Mike Coward, who lives in Shefford, has launched the Hospice Mattress Campaign, which runs until Friday, April 3.

Mike said: “Our need to upgrade these mattresses is a priority, but of course this comes with a cost.

“To purchase 10 air mattresses, five air cushions and ten pumps will be £35k.

“Without generous donations we will be unable to offer patients the highest possible level of comfort that they need and deserve during such a difficult time in their lives.

“We are relying on the local community to get behind their local hospice once again and support us in any way they can to raise these much needed funds.”

The hospice’s existing equipment is at the end of its useful life and requires expensive maintenance to keep it going.

New, specialist air mattresses would be more comfortable for our patients, offering a reduction in risks associated with being sedentary, such as pressure ulcers and would also result in improved pain management for patients.

>If you would like to make a donation towards Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice Mattress Campaign, contact Paula Priestley, Head of Hospice Fundraising, on 01767 642410 or email paula.priestley@sueryder.org for a donation form.