We're nearly there!
All the incredible fundraisers and donors supporting the Golden Gift Appeal have already helped us to raise £5.5 million of our £6 million target. The money is already making a difference to patients and their families. Now we just have £500,000 to go for patients like Lucy Silverthorne (photographed below) who was treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) Intensive Care Unit.
"I've lived in Bristol a long while. I've walked past the hospital a lot. You might look up at those windows. Behind those windows are people fighting for their lives. You never know if it will be your or someone you love. If it was, you'd want the very best care."
Lucy had been leading a busy life as a mum of two young children and running her own florist business when she was suddenly struck down with streptococcal pneumonia in October 2011. Her condition was so serious that her consultant Dr Sanjoy Shah needed to explain to Lucy's husband Steve that she may not survive.
"I would not be here today without the BRI Intensive Care team. One of the nurses told me later if you're in the ICU you're one of the sickest people in the country. It's only when you've experienced it you realise just what a vital role these hospital teams have. That's why they need all the support we can give."
Just £500,000 to go of our £6M Golden Gift Appeal target.
Here are just a few of the projects we need to fund in the last couple of months of the Golden Gift Appeal:
New and Old. Thanks to money from our generous supporters we have funded iPads for nurses and patients to use with our dementia patients. But the hospitals need even more facilities. For example, a pop-up 1950s shed, which is a reminiscence room proven to lessen confusion for patients with dementia when they need to visit an unfamiliar environment like hospital.
We also want to raise money for small items like puzzles, reminiscence cards and books, board games and adult colouring books which all help engage and communicate with patients.
Peace of mind. A multi-faith sanctuary (above, artist impression of a private room) where patients, visitors and staff from all faiths and none can find a quiet space for reflection is a really important part of patient care.The Sanctuary will be beautiful, striking and welcoming. As part of this work the Patient Affairs Office, mortuary and viewing room will also be supportive environments and the use of craft, colour and light will bring ambience and a sense of calm. The cost is approximately £60,000 and we still need to raise £20,000. Can you help us create these spaces to support patients, families and staff when they are at their most vulnerable?
Chaplaincy Volunteer Ginny says the new Sanctuary is much needed. Her work brings her into regular contact with those who may need to get away from busy corridors and wards for a few moments: “It’s so important for people in hospital to have a warm, quiet space for reflection or prayer if they’re feeling distressed – a meditative space where people can have privacy, somewhere to be with their emotions at what can be a very worrying or difficult time.” she says “There is such a need for this new Sanctuary.”
Bridging the gap. Mental and physical health are inextricably linked. It is estimated that 40% of BRI patients using the hospitals each year forphysical illnesses also need treatment for mental health issues. We need to fund the refurbishment of a counselling room, costing about £10,000, to create a healing, calm, comfortable space which helps patients feel safe and reassured if they are feeling alone.
Pinpoint accuracy. In terms of equipment, we need to fund the purchase of a microwave ablation machine which enables doctors to zap cancerous tumours using micro waves, with pinpoint accuracy. It’s less invasive and quicker to perform, often significantly reducing patients’ stays in hospital and providing a treatment route when surgery or chemotherapy is not possible.
Our last push. Your last chance to make a real difference to Bristol's hospitals. Please give a gift of £25 today.
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