- Created: Thursday, 29 August 2019 13:31
Queenscourt Hospice has been at the heart of the Southport, Formby and West Lancashire community for almost 30 years, providing essential support and specialist palliative care services for people with advanced and progressive, life-limiting illness.
We have only been able to continue our invaluable work thanks to our army of fundraisers and volunteers who raise the money needed to keep us going and provide hands-on support.
We are now making it even easier for our supporters to discover ways to help us with the launch of our new Fundraising Pack, which we expect to be a huge success.
The pack is full of helpful hints and tips and explains how our supporters’ hard work really does make a difference. It also offers ways of supporting Queenscourt, whether it’s through volunteering, shopping on eBay or in one of our shops, or by playing our weekly Lottery.
Danielle Jackson, Sales Manager at Debenhams Southport, is one of the many supporters now using the new Fundraising Pack and has found it a great source of help for the store’s fundraising initiatives.
She said: “The Fundraising Pack has helped enormously with our fundraising efforts at Debenhams. Having read through the information, the team and I were shocked to learn it costs £4m to run Queenscourt 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and they receive less than 20% of funding from the NHS.
“This made us want to double our fundraising efforts for the hospice and so far we have raised £754.59. Many of the staff at Debenhams have personal connections to Queenscourt and we are proud to be giving something back. Not only has the Fundraising Pack been really helpful, but the support shown by the Queenscourt Fundraising Team has been fantastic.”
Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who supports us at Queenscourt – without them we could not provide our essential services.
“We wanted to make it easier for people to learn how they can help us, so have put together this Fundraising Pack. If you are planning fundraising at work, your school or sports club, or maybe you have a special occasion coming up, please let me know and I will help you with plans and promotion.”
If you would like to receive a free Fundraising Pack, you can get one from our Download Area or contact the Queenscourt Hospice Fundraising Team on 01704 517 420. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter @QCHospice; Instagram @queenscourthospice and Facebook @QueenscourtHospiceSouthport.
As part of Queenscourt Hospice’s commitment to creating our own Compassionate Community, here in the North West, we have recently launched a new carers’ programme which offers support and friendship to those who devote their time to looking after others.
Compassionate Communities are created so that patients, their relatives, carers and local organisations can support one another in the face of advanced and progressive life limiting illnesses.
Our newly launched carers’ programme is in keeping with this ethos. The purpose of the new group, which welcomes carers into Queenscourt for a few hours of respite each week, is to introduce carers to each other and to help them to develop a network of support for each other.
The first week of the programme sees each carer invited to an hour-long introductory session where they meet one-to-one with a member of our nursing staff. During this time staff will assess the carer’s needs and discover what they want to get out of the programme.
Carers are given the opportunity to meet other carers and can take part in workshops with complementary health and creative therapists. Staff also work with the carers and can arrange for them to see a social worker or therapists on a one-to-one basis if required. Lunch is provided and is followed by a group relaxation session, coffee and then everyone goes home with a bouquet of flowers or something they may have created in one of the workshops they have participated in.
While they are enjoying some well-earned time off at the hospice, carers can relax in the knowledge that a member of the Queenscourt at Home team is taking care of their loved one.
During the patient assessment, the health professional may identify particular needs of the carer. These carers will then be invited to join the carers programme for additional support. There are usually only six or seven carers allocated per programme to ensure they get the full benefit of what’s on offer.
The two five-week programmes we have already delivered have proved to be a resounding success, with participants forging friendships and their own support groups as a result.
The carers’ programme is coordinated by Queenscourt Connect Sister, Cath Ainsworth, who said: “This is a new programme for us and we are getting a lot of satisfaction knowing we are providing such an invaluable service to carers.
“The feedback has been extremely positive. Coming to this programme makes people realise they are not alone and they can have support if they need it. Carers are also finding friendship. Some from the previous group have met up since and their support for each other continues.”
“This programme is a great example of how Compassionate Communities help to foster strong support networks. Whilst Queenscourt has instigated this initiative, we have found that carers continue to build relationships following attendance of the programme. Providing much needed support to each other as they look after their loved ones.”