Hospice in final push to reach appeal target
Thames Hospice is just £630,000 away from hitting its £3 million ‘Raise the Roof' fundraising target to complete the build of a new state-of-the-art hospice by Bray Lake near Maidenhead. The Hospice is set to open its doors to patients in October 2020, leaving three months to raise the remaining £630,000.
Last September the charity launched ‘Raise the Roof,' the most ambitious public fundraising appeal in its 30-year history, to help raise £3 million to complete the new hospice for the community.
Thames Hospice Chief Executive, Debbie Raven, said: "We are so grateful to have received such an extraordinary level of support from our community and delighted to have raised more than £2.3 million so far for this fantastic new facility.
“Thanks to everyone’s kindness and generosity, the finish line of this major project is in sight. We are so grateful to each and every person who has contributed. It’s with their help that we will be able to see the dream hospice for Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire become a reality.”
“The importance of hospice care has never been more critical as we have stepped up to the recent challenges of Covid-19 and the impact this has had on our community.
"With just three months left, I would urge anyone who is able, to get behind us and help us to reach our final target."
Thames Hospice is calling on its amazing supporters to get behind its final fundraising push throughout July, August and September, to help ensure that the new facility is built, furnished and equipped to the level of quality its patients and their loved ones deserve.
There are several ways you can show your support:
- Text RAISE to 70191 to give £10 for ten bricks to finish the 8-bedded Otter inpatient wing at the new hospice which will be used to care for patients with coronavirus
- A donation of £25 could go a long way towards raising one square metre of a wall in a patient’s bedroom on the Otter wing. Donate at https://www.thameshospice.org.uk/raise-the-walls
- Take on a challenge this summer. Run, cycle or walk and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Every penny raised represents a new you and a new hospice for our community. You can log your progress and invite loved ones to sponsor you at https://givepenny.com/charity/thames-hospice
Thames Hospice is one of the busiest independent hospices in the UK, but is no longer able to keep up with the increasing number of people who desperately need the charity’s services. Every day the Inpatient Unit and Community Services are full and each day there will be up to ten people left at home or in a hospital bed when it is not what they want or need. The current situation will only get worse as the local population continues to grow and age. The Hospice’s much-loved existing building in Windsor has been added to, altered and expanded and cannot be adapted any further to meet the growing demand.
To put that right, construction started at the beginning of 2019 on a new £22 million state-of-the-art hospice which will provide urgent hospice care and support to even more local families now, and for generations to come. Set in eight stunning acres by Bray Lake, the new hospice will include 28 private inpatient rooms all with their own bathrooms and space for families to stay overnight. Thames Hospice will be able to double its day services provision in a dedicated new centre, the Paul Bevan Centre and a brand new education centre and library which will allow the charity to support community healthcare professionals involved in end-of-life care as well as carers.
For further information, please visit https://www.raisetheroof2020.org.uk