To marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new St Helens Hospital we have launched a special St Helens 10k charity appeal to benefit our patients.
Money raised through the appeal will help to buy equipment over and above that provided by the NHS and will help the following areas:
Lilac Centre – receiving chemotherapy can be extremely stressful, we want to reduce the anxiety of patients by installing digital sky windows in the centre. The windows provide changeable views and have varying light levels, and can truly brighten the day for patients receiving chemotherapy.
Children's services – our youngest patients will benefit from a new child friendly waiting area, with wall art, toys and seating.
Burney Breast Unit – electronic pagers will be provided to patients in the unit so that they can move away from the clinical areas when waiting for appointments, this helps to reduce anxiety for patients and has already been a success at the Lilac Centre.
Seddon Rehabilitation Unit – patients often have long stays in the unit and miss the comforts of home. We will supply entertainment systems for patients; games consoles, music systems and iPads to help beat boredom.
Psychology Services - Being diagnosed with any illness can be a life-changing experience, whether it's a cancer diagnosis or the aftermath of recovering from a stroke, the impact on mental health can be great. We hope to provide a calm, beautifully decorated environment for patients who are living with the psychological effects of long-term illness to help them feel safe and supported during counselling sessions.
Launching the appeal Paul Sculthorpe, Whiston and St Helens Hospitals Charity Patron said: "It's an honour to be Patron of this wonderful Charity which benefits so many patients. The St Helens Hospital 10k appeal will make a real difference to all those that need their services and I hope the local community will get behind the team and support the appeal."
Elizabeth Titley, Charity Manager, said: "A massive thank you to Scully for once again coming along to support our Charity. Our aim is to brighten the lives of patients and the 10k appeal will benefit 5 areas of our hospital services that can make a real difference to our patients' experience each and every day."
If you would like to find out more about the appeal, how you can raise funds or to make a donation, visit the Charity's website at: www.wshospitalscharity.org/fundraise/st-helens-10k-appeal/ or to give directly visit: www.justgiving.com/wshospscharity