Dandelions in a field

A glimpse into our new hospice
We can’t physically show you the new hospice at the current time but here’s a glimpse into one of our new bedrooms.

Each ensuite room has an amazing ‘Cuddle Bed’.  The Ook Snow Medical Surgical bed is the ‘gold standard’ in acute care beds and the only hospital bed commissioned to sleep two people.  At the touch of a button, the bed can be extended to accommodate a partner, family member or bariatric patient.  The bed can be lowered to 30cm to prevent falls and have a unique smart system which can be programmed to allow staff to receive alerts if a patient is getting out of bed unaided and for medical procedures, turning, etc.  We are the only hospice in the UK which has all our bedrooms equipped with these beds.  Rooms have been designed to have a ‘home from home’ feel.  Bedrooms have cabinets to house the medical gasses, suction systems and hoists, the hoist rails are recessed into the ceilings.  A stunning image of a local view or nature hang in each room and have been generously donated by photographers.  These have been reproduced on acrylic for infection control and paid for by a number of donations including on behalf of Alexander MacDonald Smith – Anton Lodge 6953.  Each room has a multi-position chair for patients which can be moved around the hospice and outdoors, and a sprung bed sofa for relatives to stay overnight with their loved one.  These were all generously provided by fundraising and donations from the villages of Wherwell and Chibolton.

 

The Hospice continues to operate 24/7 during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Day Care is suspended for the time being and our Community Team are supporting patients by telephone and video calls.  Visitor restrictions are in force and are limited to family members.  If you have any symptoms, please do not come to the hospice.   The Charity Office is closed and staff are working from home.  We can access email and the office phone remotely.  If you would like to make a donation, please do so onlineemail us for bank details or post your donation to us.  If you are bringing cash, a red post box has been put up in the porch of the new hospice for post and donations.  This will be emptied on a regular basis and, providing information is given, an acknowledgement will be sent.  Please do not ask our clinical staff to accept donations during this period to protect them from handling money.  Thank you for your support over this challenging time.

 

A BIG THANK YOU to Kenyons for the lovely strawberries and cream, the Easter Bunny for the goodies – the daughter of the late John Hardy, who we cared for in April 2018, the Travelling Cupcake Company, and the staff and customers of Co-op on East Anton Farm Road, Andover for the crates of food and drinks for staff and patients.  Your support is very much appreciated.

           

 

Take the 2.6 Challenge for CoBH
The 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide campaign to support UK charities.  It will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon.  We are asking you take up the Challenge for CoBH and either make a donation of £26 or dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits your skills.  The only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.  Don’t forget to let us know you’re supporting us and tag us @cobhospice and use #TwoPointSixChallenge .  Here are our 2.6 Challenge Hospice Heroes – it’s not too late to join in or support them.

The staff at CoBH are going to complete 26 laps of the Hospice and Hospital grounds on Sunday 26th April between 11am and 2pm as their 2.6 Challenge. Support them here.

Michele and Derek Gard, our Charitable Trust Director and her husband are walking a marathon.  Starting today, they are walking a three mile lap of their village for the next nine days.  Support them here.

Caroline Tomlinson is jogging in memory of Ian.  She has already raised over £1,700.  You can support Caroline here.

John and Jenny Sutton, the organisers of Voices for Hospices Choir, are cycling 52 miles on a static bike in their garden.  You can support them here.

 

AWOW Event – 3 May – CANCELLED
Unfortunately we have had to make the decision to cancel A WOW 2020 due to the coronavirus. We want the event to be a fun filled family day and risking anyone’s health would therefore not be appropriate. We would like to thank you all for the amazing support you have shown. It’s been a fantastic journey which will be continued later this year and we hope to make 2021 even bigger and better. If you feel you still want to do something for the hospice this year, please donate here

 

The AH4 Team abseil down the Spinnaker Tower has been rescheduled to Sunday 26th July.  Richard Patient, Donna Heaton-Patient, Justin Heaton and Sonia Heaton are raising money in memory of Kevin Heaton.  If you would like to make a donation please go to their Just Giving page, .

 

10@10 Late Night Walk 2020
will now be held on
Saturday 19th September.

Full details will be sent out in our July newsletter.
This will be our 10th Late Night Walk at the start of the Hospice’s 30th Anniversary.
Let’s make it the best ever!
Supported by Stitch-a-Logo and Harrow Way School.

 

Could you make a donation, regular gift to CoBH or set up a Facebook Birthday page during the Covid-19 Lockdown?  We can’t fundraise at the moment but if you could give online for a special occasion or set-up a monthly standing order this would help us over this difficult period.  Thank you.

 

Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know but donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to your chosen charity.  Support CoBH by starting your shopping at Amazon Smile.

 

A gift to CoBH in your will means care will be there for others when they need it most.  If you have made the incredible decision to leave a gift to CoBH in your will, or are considering doing so, we would love to hear from you. Contact Michele Gard on 01264 359789.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust -Covid-19 Statement

Updated as of 15 June 2020:

All visitors to the hospice are now required to wear a mask.

Thank you for your support and patience over this difficult time and for helping to protect our patients and staff.

Michele Gard

Director of the Hospice Charitable Trust