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Temporary Closure of our In-Patient Unit

Temporary Closure of our In-Patient Unit

The closure of our temporary In-Patient Unit which was always planned for the end of November to facilitate our new build completion in the New Year has been pushed forward by a month in response to heightened current Tier 3 Covid restrictions in Oldham. Our priority now is to dedicate all of our resources to patients in the community through our Hospice at Home and Caring Hands services and a new service which we are piloting overnight ‘Rapid Response’.

The pandemic has taken a financial toll on the Hospice, which in turn has impacted our fundraising for the new In-Patient Unit. To help raise vital funds, and enable Dr Kershaw’s to furnish the heart of the Hospice, the in-patient family lounge, we have launched our Furnish with Love Appeal. Please support us and Give the Gift of Comfort to patients in our care, go to: www.drkh.org.uk/support-us/furnishwithlove

Hospice Staff Make Wedding Dreams Come True

Proving that nothing gets in the way of true love, a Chadderton couple overcame all the hurdles put in front of them, including a last minute postponement, to finally tie the knot in a special service at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Bride to be, Donna Friar, thought that she’d ticked all the boxes when she’d arranged to marry her partner, Mark Davis, who was receiving pain management at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Turning up for her big day which she’d planned with the registrar that very morning, she was told that Mark was not fit enough, being on strong pain relief and with no suit to wear for his big day, his preference was to wait until the following week.

Donna, all set in her beautiful dress, walked away emotional but ready to plan the day again, she said: “I was so disappointed at first and thought he didn’t want to marry me.” That disappointment soon changed though as the couple tied the knot just a few days later, surrounded by their close family.

Second time round, in her white and pink floral dress, Donna had another worry that with the new Covid rules she would have to choose between members of her close family to keep it to the rule of six, brought in on her actual wedding day, 14 September, by the government. However, with help from the Hospice staff, who contacted Oldham Council, they confirmed that Covid regulations at the time for weddings stated that 20 people were able to attend as long as it was outside and social distancing measures were observed. Donna and Mark quickly contacted their family and friends to invite them along to their celebrations. Those unable to attend the service, were able to watch the ceremony via a live-stream link which was recorded by staff nurse, Chloe.

Chadderton couple, Donna, 58, and Mark, 55, who have been together for eleven years, five of which they have been engaged met in their local pub, The Colliers Arms and became a happy couple thanks to the matchmaking skills of both their friends.

With Mark’s brother, Andrew proudly walking Donna down the aisle and their closest friends, Mick and Wendy as the only named people allowed to physically be at the civil ceremony which took place inside Mark’s room at the Hospice, Donna Friar finally became Mrs Donna Davis.

Donna said: “It was such a magical day! Words can’t even describe the feeling, we can’t thank all the staff at Dr Kershaw’s enough for organising it for us and making it so special.”

Mark said the staff at the Hospice had been fantastic in their care for him: “I’ve been looked after so well since being here, the staff at Kershaw’s have been brilliant and have bent over backwards to help me and to make our day so special.”

Hospice Nurse, Beth who has been caring for Mark, said: “Mark and Donna’s wedding day was a true example of what Dr Kershaw’s is all about, making patient’s wishes come true no matter how big or small! It was amazing to see how many people came together to pull off their special day, from the nurses and doctors, to the events team, maintenance team, florist, bakery and even our very own Dr Kershaw’s Shop who kindly lent our nurses fascinators so staff could look the part! I was privileged to be able to get so involved and to make it a day Mark and Donna could cherish forever (especially after being engaged for 5 years!)”

The wedding was made possible thanks to Keira’s Wishes who funded their afternoon tea and decorations. Also thanks to the Oldham Registrars for fast-tracking the couples civil ceremony, Sparkles Cakes for providing the wedding cake, Arundel Bakery for their support with a buffet and additional wedding cake and Sarah Jayne Floral Design for the brides beautiful bouquet.

Covid-19 Tier 3 Restrictions: Dr Kershaw’s Needs Your Help More than Ever! Support our Appeal – Furnish with Love, Give the Gift of Comfort

We are asking for help from the local community after Covid-19 pandemic and tougher restrictions for GM hits our plans to furnish the soon to be complete, new In-Patient Unit.

With the building of our new In-Patient Unit well underway and with a September opening in sight, the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent harsher restrictions couldn’t have struck at a worse time for our Hospice.

The unprecedented delays have caused additional spend to the project, with work stopping for over a month at the beginning of lockdown and now continuing but at a much slower pace due to social distancing and Covid safety measures on site. The Hospice which needs £9,000 a day to be able to provide the dedicated support and care for our patients has seen a steep decline in donations since Covid hit in March, and the stricter Covid-19 Tier 3 regulations will make fundraising efforts even more challenging. The delays on site combined with a reduction in fundraising activities has left the Hospice with an unexpected shortfall of £601,352, with part of this attributed to kitting out our in-patient lounge.

As a result, Ward Sister, Kelly Foster, is spearheading the Furnish with Love – Give the Gift of Comfort appeal to raise funds to buy the specialist furniture needed for the new in-patient lounge area within the new facility. So far this year, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has been able to provide care for 418 patients and their families living within Oldham. The new In-Patient Unit will expand upon this providing an increased patient capacity with modern, dignified and private facilities that Dr Kershaw’s patients’ deserve.

Kelly explains: “Like everyone in our community, this pandemic has had a huge effect on the Hospice, our first priority, as always, has been patient care.  The whole team has risen to every challenge to ensure that our patients come first.” 

“With hospice services working well, our attention turned to the building of the new In-Patient Unit, which has been delayed due to the pandemic by a few months with unexpected additional costs. Our plan for the facility to be ready by the New Year is well on track but the funds for the internal all-important furnishings are still very much needed, so we’re asking our community to find it in their hearts to help.”

 “Our vision is to create a lounge that is a home from home, for patients to relax in with their family and friends.  We want to add to our patients’ comfort and safety as they spend time with their loved ones, providing a place where they can have precious time together, creating special forever-memories.”

The in-patient family lounge will be a combination of areas, from cosy corners furnished with coffee tables and chairs, comfortable sofa spaces and even a dining room area with a large table and chairs for a family to sit and eat together.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice are reaching out to the community to make a contribution towards the purchase of these specialist items, furniture that is similar to the furniture you have in your own home but with differences in that they must follow strict health and safety guidelines. Community support for this initiative is vital to ensure that patients and their families can have their precious moments in a special, comforting environment.

Everyone in the community can help by making a donation or organising their own Furnish with Love fundraising activity, whether you’re staging a virtual quiz, taking on a virtual 5k, asking your friends and family to sponsor your own fundraising or spreading the word and asking others to donate.  Your help is urgently needed, £30 could help towards the gift of a comfortable armchair to support a grandma as she sits to hold her grandchild for the first or perhaps, the last time. Your help means that Dr Kershaw’s Hospice can give the ‘Gift of Comfort’ to their patients, both now and in years to come.

 

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice nominated for Three Nursing Times Awards

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice nominated for Three Nursing Times Awards

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham has been nominated for three Nursing Times Awards at the 30th anniversary of The Nursing Times Awards, as well as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

The Hospice, based in Turf Lane, Oldham is the only Hospice to receive shortlisted nominations at this year’s event.

The Hospice’s Caring Hands Service, has been nominated in the Cancer Nursing and the Nursing in the Community Categories!

The Caring Hands service, which started as a pilot scheme in May, 2018 has been designed to work alongside other services provided by the District Nursing Team, Specialist Palliative Care Nurses and the Hospice at Home Team. The nurse led community care service provides basic personal care and emotional and psychological support to patients and their families as they are approaching the end of their life. Since starting the scheme, the hospice initiative has achieved 100% positive satisfaction and is now an established clinical service throughout the borough supporting people who are entering the terminal phase of their illness.

The Caring hands team are available between the hours of 7am-10pm. Visiting in teams of two the Caring Hands team provide and assist with personal care, medication prompting, administration of medication, comfort and positional changes, toileting, diet and hydration, as well as emotional support for patients and their families.

In its first year the Hospice’s Caring Hands service provided 90 packages of quality care and in its second year this increased to 165. As a result of its outstanding feedback, the Caring Hands service has now been identified by the local care commissioners as the ‘provider of choice’ for patients approaching the end of life who wish to remain at home.

The Hospice is also delighted to be shortlisted in the Technology and Data category. Since 2017, the Hospice Nursing Team, led by Clinical Matron Adele Doherty has been actively working on the development and implementation of a new electronic system to improve patient experience by reducing wait times to access Hospice services. Implementing the new data system has improved communication between the Hospice and local GP services, reducing waiting times to access patient information which is now accessible through all relevant departments within the Hospice at the touch of a button, which has been extremely important during the pandemic. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for 3 Nursing Times Awards! With the extremely challenging times we have faced in particular this year this news is a real boost to morale and celebrates the work of our dedicated nursing teams.”

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

 

A Tribute to Dr Kevin Moore.

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Dr Kevin Moore, a kind, dedicated man and much-loved friend and respected colleague to all at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Dr Moore played an important part in developing the Hospice and its services, practicing for 26 years in a number of different roles and becoming Medical Director in 1994. 

Dr Moore’s enthusiasm for quality care and the needs of the patients within our borough always came first. In 2001, he completed his vision to bring a major refurbishment to the Hospice’s inpatient and wellbeing facilities, improving the Hospice journey for patients and their families which continues to flourish. Committed to the Hospice, he served on the Board of Trustees and on retirement became the very first Honorary President of the Hospice.  

Many local people are indebted to his skill and care and it is on behalf of our patients, their families and the team at Dr Kershaw’s that we extend our thoughts and love to his wife Jill and his family. He will be missed by all.

 

Photo Credit: The Oldham Chronicle

(Pictured Left: Dr Moore, Pictured Right: Dr Cook) 

 

 

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice to re-open its In-Patient Unit

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice to re-open its In-Patient Unit

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is delighted to announce that it will be re-opening its in-patient unit after a brief closure from Monday 1st June.

The Hospice, which temporarily closed its doors to refocus its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic and help community nursing teams within the district, will initially open with a range of temporary measures in place to protect patients, visitors and staff.

The Hospice, which has eight individual rooms in its temporary IPU modular build, will initially open with four beds so that it can continue to follow the government’s guidelines on social distancing whilst providing high-quality care for patients, as it did before its closure.

Dr Kershaw’s will also be restricting the number of visitors permitted at the Turf Lane based Hospice. Patients will be permitted one allocated family member or friend as a visitor per patient, this person will be the only person allowed to visit the IPU unit and must follow strict guidelines upon visitation. The temporary visitation restrictions will be constantly monitored by the Senior Clinical Team who will make changes when it is deemed safe to do so.

Alongside the re-opening of the in-patient unit, the Hospice will maintain its current Hospice at Home and Caring Hands services to support community nursing teams within the borough during this time.

“We are delighted to be able to re-open the in-patient unit, and the team are looking forward to offering this option of care to the Community once again. We will be adhering to the Government guidelines on social distancing, but this will not compromise the high level of care that we provide to our patients. The Hospice will continue to provide a peaceful and homely environment, which places the patient at the heart of all we do.”
Adele Doherty, Clinical Matron

Dr Kershaw’s Retail Donations Appeal

Dr Kershaw’s Retail Donations Appeal

Dr Kershaw’s is appealing to members of the local community to help gather items for when their portfolio of shops re-open and donate these items during their ‘Donations Days’ which are taking place from 9 – 11 June.

The Hospice, based on Turf Lane, Royton has several shops throughout the borough which sell a variety of goods including clothes, toys, books, CD’s, records, cassettes, and bric-a-brac. It costs £3.6million a year to run the Hospice, and the shops help to provide vital income towards keeping the doors open and treatment free for patients.  

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is appealing for a range of items which can be resold, some examples being good quality clothes, homewares, small furniture items such as coffee tables, bookcases and display cabinets, as well as small electrical items such as toasters, kettles and lamps.

The Hospice will not accept any of the following; cots, prams, buggies, child car seats, televisions, old computers, printers. For any larger furniture items, Dr Kershaw’s asks that members of the public contact Surplus Stock on 0161 222 0808 who will sell these items on their behalf.

To receive donations the Hospice has set up dedicated donation days at their Royton, Shaw, and Lees shops, from 9 – 11 June from 10am-2pm each day. This is so items can be quarantined for 72 hours, sorted and cleaned as required. Customers are advised to call the shops first to avoid overcrowding and unnecessary contact, ensuring the safety of all customers and staff. Please see below for addresses and telephone numbers. Donations will be limited to a maximum of 6 bags per person. The donation days will be carefully coordinated so that staff and members of the public can be socially distant whilst dropping off their donations.

“Over the past few weeks we have asked the local community to ‘Save It. Store It. Donate It.’, and now the time has come to ‘Donate It,’ and rid your homes of clutter and unwanted items. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure! By donating your goods you will help the Hospice to raise vital funding, which will help a patient to spend their last days in our care, giving them time with their loved ones, to create precious forever-memories, pain-free, in comfort and with dignity. What an amazing gift.” Rebecca Bentham, Head of Income Development.

 

Virtual Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service

Sunday 17th May at 8pm

Part of National ‘Dying Matters Week’ – Let’s talk about it

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is asking for families to come together within their homes and light a candle in memory of a loved one, on Sunday 17th May at 8 pm, as part of the national ‘Dying Matters Week’ 11th- 17th May.

Throughout the week, the Hospice’s social media will be dedicated to opening up conversations about dying, bereavement and loss, and will help our community by bringing to the fore front a range of topics including bereavement support and the importance of preparing a will.

Due to the current lock-down and government guidelines around social distancing, the Hospice will not be able to conduct its annual Thanksgiving or Remembrance services; events which were due to take place on Sunday 17th May. However, to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, Dr Kershaw’s is asking for members of the community to join in an event of remembrance, virtually, from their own homes.

At 8 pm on Sunday 17th, May, everyone can join with Dr Kershaw’s in lighting a candle, in memory of someone they love. And to continue the celebration of their loved ones memories, they are asked to share a picture of their candle via social media using the #ILightThisCandleFor, including their loved ones name and any special memories they would like to share… to help spark conversations of remembrance within households virtually, across the borough and virtually through the power of social media.

Dr Kershaw’s is also encouraging people who do not use  social media to join in this event, by reaching out to their friends or family via the phone to share their memories of their loved ones.

“At Dr Kershaw’s Hospice ‘Dying Matters Week’ is extremely important time, helping us to highlight the importance of Hospice care, and allowing us all to remember the high value that we place on dignity, respect, and the wishes of the people we love who are ill. Within the Hospice environment discussions around end-of-life care are so very important, as well as conversations on how to support bereaved families. We need to break down the taboo, to not be afraid to talk about death, we urge more families to start conversations and share their wishes with their loved ones.” Adele Doherty, Clinical Matron, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Bunny Hop is back and plastic-free!

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from making every moment count

The team at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice are inviting schools, nurseries, playgroups, childminders, clubs and families to get creative and active to help make every moment count for the patients and families in their care.  And new for the Dr Kershaw’s Bunny Hop 2020…. they’re making a difference for the environment too!

Throughout March, April and May children in the borough have the opportunity to hop, skip, walk, run or jump their way along their chosen sponsored walk route wearing their very own bunny ear creations.  The plastic bunny ears from previous years have been replaced with a specially designed card template, ready for kids to design, colour, cut out and create.  No more plastic!

“By taking part in the Bunny Hop, children in the borough will be doing their bit in helping to provide care of patients in the future.  Here at the Hospice, we want to help protect our children’s future, so we’re making every effort to reduce the use of plastic on the Bunny Hops.  We’ve replaced the old plastic bunny ears with a card version meaning less plastic” said Community Fundraiser Lillie Winterbottom, adding “a more environmentally friendly option all round!”

The Dr Kershaw’s Bunny Hop is the perfect way for children to get creative, get outdoors and be active in order to raise money for their local hospice which relies on the community to raise funds to support the care of patients in Oldham.

Thanks to their sponsors, Little Owl Farm in Grains Bar, the event will give tots to teens a wonderful opportunity to spring into action to help others.

“We jumped at the chance to get involved with the Dr Kershaw’s Bunny Hop, it’s something that reflects the things that are important to us at Little Owl Farm – exploring, creating, learning and helping.  We’re even putting on an event ourselves on Saturday 11th April – a perfect Easter Weekend activity”, said Cindy, Little Owl Farms Owner.

To spring into action for your local hospice, register for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Bunny Hop fundraising pack by contacting the fundraising team on 0161 624 9984 or email fundraising@drkh.org.uk.  Or visit their website for more information www.drkh.org.uk/events/bunnyhop2020

Want your child to get hopping but they’re not part of a group that’s getting involved?  Search Little Owl Farm on Facebook.

£25k by Christmas Day – Keira reaches for the stars

12-year-old fundraiser, Keira Arnold, is calling on the community for their help to reach a fundraising milestone by Christmas day.

Inspired to support others by the Hospice care her dad, Stephen, received before he passed away aged just 28 and 3 years ago Keira set up Keira’s Wishes.  Her sole aim was to raise money to fund the final wishes of patients and their families being cared for at the local hospice.  Beginning with a postcard appeal in 2016, which went viral, Keira’s has been the inspiration behind many fundraising activities, from pub fun days to head shaves, with Keira recently chopping off 12 inches of her long locks to add to the fund.

With Keira’s determination behind them, the local community have thus far raised an astonishing £23,584.50, a total that some people would be happy to sit back and celebrate, but not Keira.  This Oldham school girl has set her sights on reaching ‘£25k by Christmas Day’ and is hoping that her last fundraiser of the year will do just that.

On Monday 23rd December ‘Team Keira’s Wishes’ will be taking part in the Fierce Dance Street Crew Dance-off at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, along with teams from Andy’s Man Club and local community champion Stephen Hill’s charitable trust, Team Hill, a newcomer to this year’s competition.  This annual event sees novice dancers showing off their newly found skills, battling it out to see who will be the Champion Charity Crew. 

“It’s a great fun event that both the dancers and the audience enjoy” said Keira, whose team this year includes her grandma, Julie.  “Last year’s competition was called ‘Man Can’t Dance’ and my team won, this year we’re hoping to win again when they get up and show off their moves in ‘Adults Can’t Dance’.  I’m hoping that the guests and our sponsors will be generous so we can reach £25k by Christmas day”

To help in her quest to hit her target, award-winning Keira has set up a Just Giving page so that as many people as possible get an opportunity to support the last wishes of patients at the Royton based Hospice, encouraging people to give a donation in lieu of buying Christmas cards, or even making a donation instead of giving a Secret Santa gift.

Keira’s Wishes has fulfilled the last wishes of many patients the Hospice, from weddings and blessings to last trips to special places and celebration days, all thanks to the time, efforts and talents of Keira and her supporters throughout the community.  In recognition of this, earlier this year, Keira was invited to Parliaments’ House of Lords in London to receive the highest accolade a young fundraiser can be given – ‘The Diana Award’.

If you’d like to help Keira reach ‘£25k by Christmas Day’, visit her Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Keira-Wishes.  To follow Keira’s quest for her community search for Keira Wishes on Facebook.

999’s get a perfect 10!

Dedicated teams of emergency services workers from Lancashire swapped the blues and twos for dancing shoes, training night and day in preparation for a glamorous night of dance, all in aid of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Sinead’s Cancer Care.

Crews from the ambulance, police and fire service were joined by a team of hospital nurses to take up a ‘Strictly 999’ charity dancing challenge, an idea conceived by Dr Kershaw’s supporter June Burns and dance school owner and Sinead’s Cancer Care champion, Kirsty Marshall.

Travelling every week from Lancashire to Yorkshire, the would be ‘Fred Astaire’s and Ginger Rogers’ met up with their dance partners from Kirsty Marshall’s Academy of Dance (KMAD) putting hours of time into creating and practicing their Strictly 999 routines.

Event organiser June Burns explained “In 2017, whilst he was being cared for at Dr Kershaw’s,  I made a promise to my husband Russ, that I would raise money for the Hospice as a way of giving back for the care both he and the whole family received, so in 2018 I organised a successful ‘Strictly’ style event and raised £5,000.  This year we set our sights higher – we wanted to double the fundraising and double the charities the event would help.”

The stage was set when Kirsty from KMAD in West Yorkshire got on board, providing expert tuition and dance partners for the teams.  The dance academy also brought with them a very special reason to get involved, to raise funds to support their chosen good cause, Sinead’s Cancer Care, a charity set up in memory of Sinead who danced at the academy.  A much loved young dancer, when Sinead was terminally ill, she asked her mother to set up a charity in her name to raise money for charities help young people with cancer.

Whether Sambas or Salsa, Foxtrots or the Flamenco, the teams worked hard to prepare their performances, giving up their much needed social and home lives to make sure the event would be a success.

“There was fantastic atmosphere through this whole experience” said Kirsty talking of the months of rehearsals leading up to the performance in June.  “The camaraderie was electric, so too was the banter and light hearted rivalry between the teams – they certainly kept each other on their toes”

With sequins sparkling and the glitter ball twinkling, the dancers, watched by their supporters, including guest judges, took to the dance floor to show off their amazing dance skills.  The winning couple were firefighter Nickie Councill-Ashcroft and KMAD dancer Keith Flewers, with Team Ambulance winning the overall top team prize.

“It was an amazing night” said Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Community Fundraiser, Lillie Winterbottom, adding “The positive energy that the dancers harnessed during their months of rehearsals had multiplied 10 fold by the time event night came around.  Thanks to the hard work and efforts of event organisers June and Janice, Kirsty and Sinead’s mum, Sarah Mailer, not only did everyone have a wonderful night of dance and entertainment, but they also enabled everyone involved to raise a staggering amount of money, over £10,000.”

Thanks to the generosity of everyone involved the money raised from the event for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, £5,130, will benefit the care of patients and families at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham.

Whitehead Warriors

Phil Whitehead was the inspiration behind the trio of challenges in memory of his mum who was cared for at the Hospice 10 years ago.

Joined by his Police pals - Toby, Stuart, Matt, Mark, Danny, Andy and Adam - the group took no prisoners with their "mentally challenging, painful and exhausting but very rewarding" fundraising fetes.

Going on the run, Whitehead Warriors took on the Cannonball 10k, the Rat Race HellRunner Half Marathon, followed by a 1 mile open water swim in Lake Windermere!

Together they raised a terrific £2837.71 for patient care at Dr. Kershaw's Hospice

Not everyone could make it to their cheque presentation, but these cleverly creative coppers managed to crop their chums into the picture - see if you can spot the photoshopped cop!

Ploughing funds into Dr. Kershaw's Hospice...Saddleworth Tractor Group set out to do just that!

Their whistle stop rally from Royton to Delph finished up at Delph & Dobcross Cricket Club with a family fun afternoon and the biggest, busiest bbq they’ve ever had!

Thanks to the miles of smiles, rallied by tractors old and new and despite a troublesome flat tyre, this group of community minded drivers raised a brilliant £881.16 which increased to a ‘wheely amazing’ £1018.66 – the most the group has ever raised in one rally!

Thanks to everyone who came along, including tractor drivers from as far away as Penistone and Stockbridge. 

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Do you 'Have What it Takes' to support Dr Kershaw's during Hospice Care Week?

Next week Dr Kershaw’s is joining forces with hospices across the UK to celebrate Hospice Care Week and they are asking the local community to show their support in whatever way they can – whether it’s by donating, fundraising, visiting a shop or spreading the word on social media.

Hospice Care Week, which runs from 7th to 13th October, is an annual campaign led by national charity Hospice UK to showcase the incredible work of hospices across the UK.

This year’s theme ‘This Is What It Takes’ aims to highlight what is needed to deliver hospice care, from nurses to housekeeping staff, doctors to volunteers, and what financial resources are required to fund each service.

During the week, information will be shared on the Hospice’s social media sites to show ‘What it Takes’ to run the Hospice and the brilliant staff and volunteers who help make hospice care happen. The Hospice is encouraging people to join the conversation and share posts using the hashtags #WhatItTakes and #HospiceCareWeek.

Dr Kershaw’s Shops will also be getting creative with Hospice Care Week themed window displays as part of a window dressing competition.

On Thursday 10th October, Dr Kershaw’s will ‘Go Yellow’ and they are encouraging people to have their own ‘Go Yellow’ day to raise funds for patient care.

Whether it’s turning your school, home or workplace yellow, wearing a yellow outfit or having a yellow themed cake bake, or even a custard bath, there are many ways in which the community can support the Hospice.

Adele Doherty, Dr Kershaw’s Clinical Matron, said: “Hospice Care Week is a great way to showcase what we do and highlight some of the less visible and less obvious aspects of hospice care. Each year we support more than 1,400 patients from Oldham and surrounding areas through our wide range of services.

“Members of the public can help us raise the profile of hospice care and make a difference by organising a ‘Go Yellow’ fundraising day, visiting one of the retail shops or spreading the word on social media.”

If you think you have ‘’What it Takes’ and would like to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s by having your own ‘Go Yellow’ day, please contact the fundraising team on 0161 624 9984, or email fundraising@drkh.org.uk with your fundraising ideas.

 

Dr Kershaw’s charity shop in Chadderton to close its doors

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is sad to announce the closure of its Chadderton shop with effect from Wednesday 2nd October.

After a recent review of revenue streams, a decision has been taken to close the Chadderton shop to focus resources on the four remaining charity shops in Lees, Shaw, Oldham and Royton.

The Shop Manager and volunteers have all been consulted and thankfully the Hospice has been able to offer everyone alternative positions within the Hospice.

Chief Executive, Joanne Sloan said: “As a Hospice we are constantly reviewing our revenue streams. With rising rents and other factors, we have taken the difficult decision to close our Chadderton shop.

“The closure will in no way affect our service delivery. Moving forward, the Hospice will concentrate on developing our remaining four stores, as well as our ecommerce shops such as eBay.

“On behalf of everyone at the Hospice, I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our staff and volunteers in the Chadderton shop who have worked tirelessly over the years to help raise funds for patient care.

“The Hospice always welcomes the offer of time from volunteers in other areas of the organisation and in our remaining retail shops.

“A special thanks also goes to our customers who have supported the shop, we hope that they will continue to support the Hospice through our other shops and online store.”

Customers will still be able to visit the shop up to and including its final day of trading on Wednesday 2nd October.

Nursing Times Workforce Awards - Joanne Sloan

“I was honoured to have been nominated for Nurse Manager of the Year at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards and delighted to be shortlisted. The title went to someone else in the end but a big thank you to everyone for their good wishes and lovely comments on our Facebook page which really meant a lot to me and definitely softened the blow!”

“Thanks to all at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice for your encouragement and support. I’m so fortunate to lead such a dedicated and exceptional team of staff and volunteers, without whom we couldn’t have come so far.”

“The Hospice is continually expanding and developing, and we are always looking for new ways to improve our services for our patients and their loved ones, they are the reason we are here and we aim to ensure they are always at the heart of all we do.”

Dr Kershaw's Chief Executive Nominated for Prestigious National Award

Dr Kershaw’s Chief Executive, Joanne Sloan, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award recognising excellence in nursing leadership.

Joanne is a finalist in the ‘Nurse Manager of the Year’ category at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards.

Joanne, who took up the role of Chief Executive in 2017, and who has been a nurse manager for more than 20 years, was nominated by Dr Kershaw’s Community Nurse Lead, Lindsey Harper.

Lindsey said: “Joanne is an inspirational leader who values and encourages staff to challenge current ways of working. She supports new ideas and has fostered a culture of ‘anything is possible”.

“Since joining the Hospice, Joanne has worked tirelessly to build on existing services and develop new ways of supporting people with life limiting illnesses.”

“With Joanne’s encouragement, we have established our Hospice at Home service, allowing us to provide seamless end of life care for those who wish to remain at home.

“In 2018, we also launched a new domiciliary care service, Caring Hands, enabling patients with life limiting illness to leave hospital and be cared for in their own home.

“The Hospice Well-Being centre has been expanded, with the introduction of new café style support groups and an enhanced timetable of activities.

“Joanne’s knowledge and leadership has helped the Hospice to keep moving forward in line with National recommendations, benefitting not only our local community, but also staff and health professionals at Dr Kershaw’s to enrich their knowledge and skills.”

Joanne said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for the award and it was very unexpected.

“The Hospice is continually expanding and developing, and we are always looking for new ways to improve services for patients and their loved ones.

“I am proud to lead such a dedicated and exceptional team of staff and volunteers, without whom we couldn’t have achieved so much.”

News of the award comes at an exciting time for Dr Kershaw’s, having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Meanwhile, work is also underway on the Hospice’s ambitious new build project which will see the creation of eight ensuite rooms and modern new facilities to enhance patient experience.

Winners of the Nursing Times Workforce Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 25th September.

A full list of entries can be found here: https://workforce.nursingtimes.net/2019-shortlist

UPDATE - Hospice van found

UPDATE - OUR HOSPICE VAN HAS BEEN RECOVERED

We have been overwhelmed with support from our local community - thank you.

Yesterday evening a sighting of the van was reported in Heywood and the vehicle was later recovered by the police.

See original story below:

Our Hospice van has been stolen from outside Morrisons Supermarket, Chadderton today at around 1pm (11.09.19).

The Hospice van was stolen as volunteers were collecting cardboard boxes from Morrisons to collect donations from a house. The van keys were not stolen.

Last year the van was stolen from the Hospice grounds one evening in October and was recovered the next day after a social media appeal. There were several hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage to the van which was funded by donations from our community including Tesco, good Samaritan, Paul Jackson, and 3-year-old Evalyn-Grace’s pocket money.

Rebecca Bentham, Income Development Manager, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the news that our van has been stolen again. In October last year we had our van stolen from the Hospice grounds.

“We rely heavily on the kindness of donations from our supporters. To have to pay for repairs or even a replacement van is a huge expense to the Hospice’

It’s devastating but we hope that, with the support of our local community, we will soon be reunited with the vehicle.”

“We rely heavily on the kindness of donations from our supporters. To have to pay for repairs or even a replacement van is a huge expense to the Hospice.”

If you would like to report a sighting of the van please call the Hospice on 0161 624 2727.

REG: YJ63 VWK

Sun, Sand and Snow for Bugsy Boys Benidorm or Bust

Best buddies Paul, Richard, Jon and Karl racked up 1600 miles on a journey that saw them driving their ‘Bugsy-mobile’ from Manchester to Benidorm to raise cash for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

In their bespoke 1930’s Bugsy Malone themed ‘banger’, an old Chrysler Voyager, wearing trilbies and carrying inflatable tommy guns, this fundraising foursome joined 150 other cars on the Benidorm or Bust annual charity rally.

Setting off from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Royton, the gang drove 280 miles to Dover, to join the other rally cars, before hopping on a ferry to Calais. The next 3 days saw the gregarious gangsters driving most of the way in convoy through Orleans, Toulouse and Tarragona, with the final stretch seeing them arrive in Benidorm.

Wanting to make the most of their ‘trip of a lifetime’ the lads took a bit of a detour to see the amazing sight of the Millau Viaduct in France (pictured).

“We must have been quite an odd spectacle for the locals” said lead driver Paul Baddeley, “A bunch of gangsters, in pinstriped suits and trilbies, having our photo taken on our 1930’s style car which was covered in bullet holes”.

Adding to their trip was the chance to make a snowman, in the middle of summer!

“We drove through the Pyrenees where the road climbs to about 3,500ft, so we were hoping we’d find some snow, which we did.  Making a snowman was another opportunity not to be missed” said Richard (pictured).

Richard added “We all had an amazing time, we met lots of great people and saw some fantastic sights, all in an old banger that didn’t let us down. 

Their final destination was the sea front at Benidorm where rows and rows of the expedition’s rally cars were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

About seeing the car sold Jon said “It was sad to see our banger go, it had served us well and served our community well as without it, we wouldn’t have been able to raise money for Dr Kershaw’s”

On their 1600 mile European rally adventure the gents raised an astonishing £1657.81 – appropriately £1 for every mile!

“The driving force behind our Benidorm or Bust experience was to ultimately help people in our community and, to reach our goal, our community pulled out all the stops.  With our sponsors and the help of places like Atlantic Salvage, LH Painting and Decorating and SJ signs, we wouldn’t have been so successful” said Karl.  “It is a wonderful feeling to know we’ve all grouped together to make a difference to others.

Lillie Winterbottom, Dr Kershaw’s Community Fundraiser said of the friend: “What has stood out throughout this entire experience is the positivity and enthusiasm these guys have for doing something special for the patients at Dr Kershaw’s.  They all have an infectious sense of fun and adventure which has raised many smiles and lots of funds for patient care at the Hospice”

Plans for £2.1m hospice new build revealed

DR KERSHAW’S is to rebuild its 12-bed in-patient unit to provide modern en suite rooms for all patients at the Hospice, enhancing privacy and improving patient experience.

The two existing wards have been modified several times in the 30 years the Hospice has occupied for the former cottage hospital on Turf Lane.

But now, in a £2.1million ten-month building project that will see the creation of en suite rooms all with garden views, the existing wards will be flattened.

During construction, the Hospice will continue to offer the specialist end-of-life care with a bespoke modular building that will be erected on the car park and linked to the main building by a corridor.

Designed by architects Nichol Thomas, the project has been under discussion for around 18 months but now the Hospice board is ready to submit the scheme for planning approval.

The new single-storey ward layout incorporates 8 single en-suite rooms and a pair of two-bed rooms, plus a family rest rooms and a new central nursing station to optimise patient observation.

The contractors will also be tasked with putting a new roof on the existing two-storey section of the building, incorporating solar panels to help reduce the Hospice’s considerable energy bills.

Hospice senior managers are also aware of issues around insufficient parking on site at busy times and have devised plans to add 26 more spaces (an increase of 55 per cent) along the west side of building.

This, along with making good the perimeter wall and improving the land drains, was well received by local residents when they were given a chance to see what the Hospice plans at a series of meet-the-neighbour events.

The Hospice has set aside £1million towards the rebuild costs and will be launching a capital appeal before the end of the year.

Subject to planning approval, construction could start in the January and completed before the end of 2019– a fitting finale to the Hospice’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Vernon Cressey, chairman of the board of governors, said: “The people of Oldham were so generous in delivering on the original plans for a Hospice back in the 1980s and have been remarkable in their unwavering support every day since.

“With their help we will deliver exciting improvements to ensure we continue to provide excellent end of life care and many other valuable services to those who need it most.”

Hospice at Home nominated for national award

Dr KERSHAW’S Hospice has been short-listed for a prestigious national award for its Hospice at Home service, it has been revealed. 

The Royton-based Hospice is as a finalist in the Nursing Times Awards 2018 ‘nursing in the community’ category.

The Hospice will now send a team to London to appear before a judging panel in September before the glittering awards night reveals the winners at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on October 31.

Lindsey Harper, Community Services lead at Dr Kershaw’s said: “To be a finalist in such a distinguished set of awards is a fantastic achievement for the whole team of staff here at the Hospice who have embraced the changing world of end-of-life care to make it possible for people to stay in their own homes if that is their wish.”

Joanne Sloan, chief executive, said she was delighted that Lindsey and the team had been recognised for their efforts and also thanked the Stoller Charitable Trust and the Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group for having the belief in the Hospice team by providing match funding to run a pilot scheme.

The pilot was a soaraway success – so much so that after two years of the three-year pilot (2016 and 2017) Oldham CCG delivered funding to cement the service into what the Hospice has to offer.

Since the consolidation of the Hospice at Home service the team at Turf Lane have now gone on to launch Kershaw’s Caring Hands as a community care pilot to help get patients with life-limiting illnesses out of hospital and back into their own homes.

“We want to build on our reputation to be the carer of choice for end of life care in Oldham and we have the fantastic backing of the people of Oldham who time and again step up to the mark when raising the considerable funds required to deliver the very best for those who need our care.

“I could not be more proud of the Hospice than I am at present. To be short-listed by the Nursing Times is a major boost to everybody involved in the organisation –  staff, volunteers and supporters.”

The other finalists in the category are:

  • Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Cambridge University Hospitals FT
  • Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership 
  • Coloplast
  • King's College Hospital FT
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital FT
  • North Tees and Hartlepool FT
  • Nottinghamshire Fracture Liaison & Osteoporosis Service
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Spectrum Community Health CIC

 

Sun shines on Hospice Summer Fair

SCORCHING temperatures and brilliant blue skies brought bumper crowds for the annual Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Summer Fair.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Sunday afternoon event held in the grounds of the Hospice on Turf Lane, Royton. There was something for all the family and a great atmosphere from the very start when the day kicked off with a performance from the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band.

The tartan pipers were greeted by warm applause and also gave an impromptu performance for some of the Hospice’s in-patients who were able to get a close-up view through the open windows.

Dance interludes were provided throughout the day by the Suzettes and the Street Jammers whilst visitors were able to sit amongst the gardens or stroll through the myriad of stalls.

The Lucky Dip and Tombola stalls proved as popular as ever and sold out whilst the new-look Café K was able to make good use of the sunshine to do a brisk trader as customers spilled out from the extended café and into the patio and gardens.

Home-made and home-baked goods also proved a hit while there was also plenty for the younger generations to keep them entertained including a bouncy castle and slide, a petting zoo with goats and chicks, face painting and henna.

Commercial stall holders also supported the Hospice by making donations whilst Hospice stalls boosted the monies raised – including young fundraiser Keira Arnold, who is in the running for a couple of national and regional awards, who raised nearly £200 by selling her popular range of Dreamcatchers.

Vicky Stackhouse, event organiser, paid tribute to the host of volunteers who made the event go smoothly and to the people of Oldham for their whole-hearted support.

And Joanne Sloan, the Hospice Chief Executive, added: “There was a really lovely atmosphere to the whole day and everybody seems to have a lovely time.”

Cafe K and Day Services get special welcome

Strains of 'The Wonder of You' rang out from the newly-refurbished Cafe K when the the Mayor of Oldham came to give civic approval.

For Councillor Shadab Qumer had turned up dressed as Elvis as part of a tribute to retiring nurse Kay O'Neill that saw day patients wearing specially-printed 'Elvis' T-shirts.

Kay is know for donning Elvis guise to lighten the mood and the Mayor was happy to join in the fun and conduct an impromptu sing-song prior to the official cutting of the ribbon.

The improvement work in the cafe and day services was praised by the Mayor and board chairman Mr Vernon Cressey while chief executive Joanne Sloan paid tribute to the staff who had worked so hard to get the doors of Day Services back open and how great it was to see the patients back at the Hospice.

 

Bunny Hop gets youngsters on the move

HUNDREDS of Easter bunnies have been spotted running free in the borough.

The long-eared species was seen dashing around school fields in class groups to raise funds in the Hospice Bunny Hop.

Littlemoor School and Fir Bank Pre-school were amongst those taking part.

Hot pies for the night shift

HOT pies brought a smile to the Hospice’s night shift nurses after they missed out on a tasty treat.

The Hospice won a delivery of delicious pies after being nominated as a worthy recipient for a Holland's pie drop during National Pie Week.

But such were the popularity of the savoury delights they had all gone in a day prompting the night staff to send a cheeky “who ate all the pies?” memo to bosses.

Cue the Baxendale bakers who got wind of the sad night nurses’ plight - and sent an extra-special delivery in one of their distinctive lorries, marked “for night staff only”.

The kitchen staff are now cooking up a few special pie nights for the late teams.

“We couldn’t see the night staff missing out when they are such a fantastic team at the Hospice. We were happy to send up some extra – glad the team enjoyed them,” said a spokesman for Holland’s Pies.

And the verdict from the night staff: “Delicious!”

Delph girls cook up a treat for school

COOKIES and cupcakes helped two young Delph girls show off their retail talents.

Matila Campbell-Dye and Molly McKimm, both aged 9, set about raising money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice after deciding to do something worthwhile for charity.

Matila’s father Terry Dye passed away at the Royton hospice in 2015 after bowel cancer. He was 45.

The Delph Primary School pupils were delighted to raise £114.20 through their efforts and were rewarded with a headteacher’s award at the school.

Matilda’s mum Tricia, of Grains Road, Delph, said: “We are very proud of the girls. They did this on their own initiative and we were staggered that they raised so much from selling their cakes.”

Molly’s father Steve McKimm, of Marlewood Avenue, Uppermill, said the cake-baking on the Sunday had been so successful on the Monday that the girls came home from school and baked more for sale on the Tuesday!

The girls came to the Hospice to hand over the cash and tucked into a well-earned cookie each from the kitchens as they posed for a photograph with Staff Nurse Bianca Brown and their giant cheque.

Hospice mannequins are a hit at Spindles awareness day

OLDHAM shoppers tested their eye for fashion when they took part in a mannequin challenge as part of a charity awareness day at Spindles Town Square.

The dummies were part of the team from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as shoppers dressed them for a Valentine’s night out from rails of clothes brought in from the Hospice’s five charity shops.

Sister Kelly Foster and nurse Bianca Brown were on hand to help the mannequins in and out of their clothes and to talk to visitors about the important work done at the Royton hospice.

Testing your taste in fashion certainly caught on as a wide age-range picked their favourite attire – some also tasted the excellent giveaway valentine’s Cup Cakes kindly donated by Arundel Bakery

Katie Bennet, marketing manager at Spindles Town Square said: “It was good to see the shoppers interacting with the Hospice staff and they certainly entered into the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

“We are committed to giving charities the platform to increase their awareness and we shall be doing a number of initiatives over 2018 in supporting Dr Kershaw’s and Maggie’s Oldham.”

Sister Foster added: “It is always great to get to chat to members of the public about what we do. We are always there to listen and talk and we know that so many good people of Oldham and beyond give us fantastic support.”

The competition entries were posted on the Hospice Facebook page and the most-liked images won prizes for: Under 18 male: Reece Bell; Over 18 male: Michael Dwayre; Under 18 female: Luke Jones; Over 18 female: Paul Broadbent.

Mayoral visit to Hospice

The Hospice had a special visitor  as the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham Councillor Shadab Qumer and Sobia Arshi called in to meet patients, staff and volunteers.

The Mayor and Mayoress were impressed with what they saw at the Hospice and made a substantial donation for new equipment in a family room and also gave five free tickets to the Under 50s group to come to the forthcoming Mayor’s Ball.

 They are pictured with members of the Under 50's group.

The Days Services are now taking place in the Hospice's first-floor Learning Hub as the Cafe K and Day Services rooms  are upgraded thanks to a grant from the Macmillan charity.

Walk and Talk Group in Dunwood Park

 

The Hospice’s new Walk and Talk Group got off to a successful start with over 20 participants for the stroll through Dunwood Park.

Those who have lost a loved one were able to talk about a variety of subjects whilst taking part in a 45-minute group walk through the park and back to Café Mandels for a well-earned cuppa where the chat continued.

Pauline Brierley, Spiritual Care Coordinator at Dr Kershaw’s said: “The group got on really well and for some it was a chance to get out and meet people. Isolation and loneliness can be a real problem following the loss of a loved one.”

The next Walk and Talk event meets at The Pavilion Café (11am) for a walk through Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton on Friday, February 23.

 

Joanne confirmed as Hospice Chief Executive

FORMER Clinical Services Director Joanne Sloan has been confirmed as Chief Executive at the Hospice to lead a new-look senior management team.

Joanne takes over from Dr Paul Cook who has reverted to his seat on the board with a specific role as a special projects advisor.

The team will include Medical Director Dr Matthias Hohmann, Clinical Matron Adele Doherty, Quality and Governance Manager Lyndsey Donbavand and David Whaley as acting Business Development Manager.

The board expressed its appreciation to Dr Cook for the excellent way he had directed and driven the interim arrangements and helped the board and managers to progress change so quickly and effectively.

 

One Stop Shop is a big hit

HOSPICE staff have now set up interviews after a hugely successful one-stop-shop.

Recruitment for the bank of Health Care Assistant posts has already begun for the numerous roles that will be required to establish the new ‘Kershaw’s Caring Hands’ project of community care.

Clinical Matron Adele Doherty said the Saturday morning one-stop-shop worked extremely well in getting information to would-be HCAs.
“We will continue to advertise for staff as this service is one that we hope will grow and grow throughout the year-long pilot project and beyond,” she added.
Hours are part-time on a flexible basis (£15,404-£18,157 pro rate – depending on experience - £7.90-£9.31 per hour).
Call Adele Doherty or Lindsey Harper on 0161-624 2727 if you require more information.

 

Walk & Talk

DR KERSHAW’S Hospice has launched a Walk and Talk Group as part of its bereavement support network.

Open to all who have lost a loved one, the first walk will take place in Dunwood Park, Shaw, on Thursday, January 25 - 11am meet at Café Mandels.

Spiritual Care Coordinator Pauline Brierley is looking to vary the venue for the monthly gathering.

“It will be a 45-minute leisurely walk – gently exercise in the fresh air with lovely views and company,” said Pauline

“We hope to be able to give people the opportunity to share their bereavement experience with others, to meet new people, or to simply walk in silence with their thoughts but in companionship with others.”

The walks will be led by trained staff and are part of the National Walking for Health scheme.

Feeling Festive

A massive thank you goes out to the team of volunteers who came in from RBS to help make the Hospice feel festive ready for all our Christmas events.

The team of eight from the bank had a day off from their usual day to day routine. They came in and set to with all the Christmas decorations in our reception, Day Hospice and corridors to make the place look the part ready for December.

Thank you to Kevin King, Nick Millard, Andy Garth, Ash Harvey, Steve Randall, Andie Gilles, Leah Makin, and Clare Brown.

The Creaking Cranks Bike Ride

Bill, Dave and Graham decided to set out to do a coast to coast bike ride to raise money for the Hospice. Over the three gruelling days they would cover a whopping 226 miles in total.

The first day was grey and slightly blustery at the start of the Trans Pennine Trail on the Southport seafront, they set off on their epic journey across the country. They met several friends along the way to keep spirits high and to give them a boost of enthusiasm to get the end of the journey.               

Just 12months earlier Bill had done his first ride of nine miles and thought that was a great achievement, after his legs had stopped aching. He made a throw away comment of ‘’shall we go across the country from coast to coast’’

This then became a reality and we would like to say a massive thank you to Bill, Graham and Dave for taking on this massive challenge in aid of the Hospice and raising an amazing £661.00!

Lottery News

Following a recent compliance visit by the Gambling Commission who Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is licensed by, we are proud to announce that Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery has been awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by the Gambling Commission which is the highest rating achievable.

Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is committed to providing a secure, fair and socially responsible service and to endorse responsible gambling amongst members of the public who support our lottery in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and specifically the licence conditions and codes of practice which apply to our licence.

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