A big thank you to Knaphill-based company RSM Domestic Appliances for a donation of seven appliances for use in the family pod areas of our new hospice, worth more than £2,000.
The donation of two dishwashers, a fridge freezer and a larder fridge, each with a one year warranty, is part of RSM’s new Community Support Scheme, which is committed to making a monthly donation of a domestic appliance or services.
RSM Managing Director Steve Haydon said: “I’m delighted that we are able to give our support to Woking Hospice in this way. This donation sets the seal on our commitment to give back to the community through our new Community Support Scheme. The new facility is just fantastic and I hope that by providing this equipment we can help support the families of people receiving care at the hospice.”
Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper said: ‘We are very grateful to RSM for their generous and thoughtful donation of kitchen equipment for our two family rooms. These rooms will enable families to relax and take a much-needed break when in the hospice supporting their loved ones, whether to make drinks and snacks, watch television, play games or to simply have some quiet time. We wish RSM every success with the Surrey Community Support Scheme and we are delighted to be one of the first recipients.’
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SC Johnson has donated over £100,000 to fund the construction and furnishing of a family ‘pod’ at our new state-of-the-art 20 bedroom hospice.
Named the SC Johnson Family Room, the wood-clad curved structure extends out from the first floor of the hospice, sitting on diagonal steel legs which support and anchor it to the ground. The futuristic design was inspired by Woking author H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds, giving a nod to local history in the design of the building. It will provide a relaxing area for families to use, including a kitchen, comfortable seating area, toy box and television. The pod has one fully glass wall, creating a light and calming atmosphere.
Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper said: ‘SC Johnson’s incredibly generous support has ensured that our pod is fully furnished and ready to welcome patients’ families. It will be invaluable to have a place where they can go for a change of scene and to be able to make drinks and food. We understand that supporting a loved one at the end of their life can be stressful and tiring and this pod will provide much-needed peace and seclusion. I’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you to SC Johnson for their wonderful donation.’
The SC Johnson pod is one of two family areas in the new hospice, with the other being inside the main building. They are both on the same level as the patients’ en-suite bedrooms, so that relatives can have a break while also being immediately on hand if they are needed.
Our picture shows (L-R): Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser Lizzie Loveless; SC Johnson HR Director Faye Gilbert; Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Interim CEO and Director of Nursing Jayne Cooper; SC Johnson Senior Associate HR and Community Affairs Noreen Mian Shafi; and SC Johnson Manager Margaret Shukla.
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Work continues on the future home for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, as our new building on Goldsworth Park takes shape. We have been fundraising for, and working on our new state-of-the-art hospice since February 2016, so it is exciting to share with you the progress we have made so far.
See how our new facility has taken shape over the past year in this time lapse video.
Underfloor heating throughout the building will provide a cosy environment for our patients and visitors.
The 20 en-suite first floor patients’ rooms are ready for electrical equipment, including hoists, to be installed. To help create a warm and non-clinical environment with a homely feel, we will be fitting specialist equipment into bedroom cabinets.
We will have sofa-beds available so that family members can stay with their loved ones. Each room will have a private balcony, with glass doors wide enough to allow the bed to be wheeled outside. Patients will be able to enjoy fresh air, and a view towards either landscaped gardens or trees, regardless of how well they are feeling.
In-patients and users of the Wellbeing Centre will be able to easily access complementary and rehabilitation therapies and counselling on the ground floor, along with the café. This will be open to members of the public and those using our hospice. The large, airy day care room opens out onto gardens, which are yet to be planted.
There are several quiet, private areas scattered throughout the building for families to use as they wish. The clinical and medical teams will have two large nursing stations and a fantastic purpose-built training facility to support their professional development.
We send a huge thank you to our local community and businesses for all your fantastic support so far but we still need your help to raise even more to complete our new hospice. Please click here to see how you can make a donation or visit our new build pages to find out more about the project. Thank you.
We are delighted to have received a grant of £15,017 from the Community Foundation for Surrey, which will go towards the installation of Alenti lift Chairs and Miranti lift bath trolleys in the patient assisted bathrooms in our new hospice.
The building will include two large, assisted bathrooms for patients with limited mobility and these bathrooms will be fitted with the necessary equipment to ensure they’re not only fully accessible for the patients and the nurses who care for them, but also comfortable and enjoyable to use for our patients.
Lizzie Loveless, Senior Trusts Fundraiser explains the importance of this donation:
“For many of our patients, such as those with motor neurone disease, their visits to the hospice are the only time that they are able to have a bath and therefore to have these assisted bathrooms dramatically improves the care we are able to give them by providing the space, privacy and equipment which they don’t have at home. We are delighted to have been granted such a generous amount from the Community Foundation for Surrey towards the equipment, which will allow every patient to safely enjoy a bath.”
The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. The Community Foundation works with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.
Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation told us:
“The Community Foundation is delighted to be able to support this fantastic project that will enable better care for more people in the local community. By working with our local donors, we are able to support organisations such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices that have a lasting impact for the people of Surrey.”
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We received a distinguished visitor on Friday 14th October, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, paid a visit to the new hospice site.
Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge, Mr Hammond was invited to view the new hospice; destined to serve his constituency in place of Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge, when the specialist palliative care unit moves out of Weybridge Hospital at the end of the year.
Accompanied by Hospice CEO Nigel Harding, incoming interim CEO Jayne Cooper and Chairman Marc Riggs, Mr Hammond was taken on a tour of the whole site. Commencing in the new café, which will be open to both hospice users and members of the public, the party then moved to the large new Wellbeing Centre; a multi-purpose space to be used by day-care patients of all ages. The Chancellor then viewed the wards: housing 20 bedrooms, situated on the first floor; each room with its own balcony and an ensuite bathroom. The tour ended in the second floor education suite; which will host a wide range of training and educational activities.
Speaking about the tour, Mr Hammond said:
“I am very impressed with the way the original building has been innovatively reworked to save costs and I am pleased to see how the new hospice is taking shape. There is great potential in the improved Wellbeing Centre and education suite and all of the bedrooms are a very generous size. From the new Hospice, the clinical teams will be able to deliver an even better level of specialist end of life care to residents within my constituency for many more generations to come”.
Chairman Marc Riggs also comments: “Our care provision continues to serve the very heart of the Weybridge community, so it was a privilege to receive Mr Hammond on a tour of our new hospice. We are delighted to have Mr Hammond’s support for this; the biggest project our charity has undertaken since initial construction of both Woking and Sam Beare Hospices”
To find out more about the project visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/NewBuild.