Christmas Family Room Appeal
During difficult times, having your loved ones close by can make a huge difference.
Here at St Oswald’s our patients and families have told us that to improve their time with us, a family room is much needed. This would be a place where families can be together in an intimate home from home environment, making lasting memories and sharing special moments.
We have identified an existing room on our Adult Inpatient Unit which will be extended and fully refurbished to meet the needs of North East families.
All funds for the building work were previously secured thanks to a large donation from a kind supporter, and we hope to begin work in the New Year. However, with support from you and other generous people like you, we hope to raise the extra funds needed to furnish the room, making it comfortable and well-equipped for the families who will use it both now and for years to come.
or text "STOS18 £10" to 70070 to donate £10 to the Christmas Family Room Appeal
To date, our very generous supporters have raised over £15,000 towards our target. As you will see from our fundraising barometer, this leaves us with just £6,000 until we reach our goal.
It is vital to a person’s wellbeing to spend time with those they love. Simple pleasures such as sitting at a table and enjoying a meal with your partner, playing a board game with your children or just having a change of scenery and some quiet time are all things we take for granted, and something Hospice patients tell us they really value.
Could you give the gift of magical memories and special moments this Christmas and help us raise the final funds needed to complete our Family Room?
We would love to have our room all ready in time for next summer, so families just like the McManus’s from North Shields can have a special place to spend quality time with each other, or take some much needed time out.
David McManus, 46 first came to St Oswald’s Hospice for pain and symptom management of a brain tumour in October 2016. In February 2017, David returned to the Hospice for end of life. He died on the unit in April. His wife, Claire, and three children, Benjamin (13), Charles (11) and Niamh (8) were regular visitors to the Hospice during this time.
Claire tells us more about what it was like for her and the children to visit St Oswald’s:
On Dave’s first stay at the Hospice he was in one of their rooms with four other beds but there was just him in the room to begin with. I’d bring the children in with me and it felt like we were in a private room. When other people started to stay in the room I was conscious that we were around some other very ill people so it wasn’t always appropriate to have the children with me. We were always meant to feel welcome though."
“For most of Dave’s second stay we had a private room. This was much better as we could make special memories together; one night we even had a curry night at the Hospice with a few of our friends. I think we must have made the Hospice smell of curry but it was great! Other nights we could have tea together as a family as we would have done at home."
“The children would have benefitted from having a separate room for some time out, especially Niamh. Although we were made to feel very welcome at the Hospice, the children needed time to be children and just be noisy and a separate room would have allowed them to do this. It would have been good to have a space to sit and eat together, play a game, just normal everyday things.
This Christmas, we are asking if you could help us hit our target and help us support families going through a difficult time not just at Christmas, but all year round, for many years to come.
By helping us, we can start the New Year by embarking on this very special project. Together, we can make a real difference.
If you would like to support our campaign and make a donation this Summer, you can call us on 0191 246 9123 to donate over the phone or by completing our online form here. Please also rest assured that if we raise funds over and above the cost of the refurbishment, this money will be put towards Hospice running costs, which currently amount to over £11 million per year.
PS: Every penny of your donation will come straight to the Hospice and directly benefit the hundreds of families we care for each year. If we are lucky enough to hit our target, any funds raised over and above the cost of completing of our Family Room will be put towards Hospice running costs, which currently amount to over £11 million each year.