Your gift will mean end-of-life- patients with cancer can have their loved ones sleep by their side.

Where would you want your loved ones when you need them most? For most people the answer is ‘right by my side’.

You can help make this a reality for patients with cancer being treated at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC) by making a gift today.

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Your kind support will provide Readybed Sleeper Chairs that can be converted from a chair into a bed. Loved ones will be able to stay together at their most distressing time. Is there a better gift you could give to a family?

“I could have given her comfort by being there at the most difficult time in our lives.”

Conrad would like to share his story as he knows just how valuable the sleeper chairs will be to patients treated in BHOC.

“When my partner Alex was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 2015 our world was turned upside down. The Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre became part of our lives for the next 19 months. The open visiting hours on the ward allowed Alex and I, and our three daughters, to spend time together during her frequent and sometimes lengthy stays.

“There were times during this period when I just needed to be there day or night. Because it’s the only thing you feel you can do to help when the person you love is in a critical phase of treatment. When they are very sick and you know it’s near the end.

“I spent nights beside Alex sat on a chair with my feet on the bed trying to sleep. Nights making a bed by pushing two chairs together or on the bench seating in the patient lounge. I even spent nights on a mattress on the floor. It was uncomfortable but I was there”.

"If the rooms that Alex stayed in had been equipped with sleeper chairs then it would have made a tremendous difference."

BHOC has a number of single rooms which are usually allocated for end–of-life-care. Currently, family members caring for their loved ones have no facilities for overnight stays. Very occasionally, and only if possible, the nursing staff will make exceptions as Conrad has described.

If the hospital had sleeper chairs then loved ones would be able to stay by the patients’ side. Just imagine the difference that this would make to you and your family when faced with the unthinkable.

Space is limited and so the Readybed Sleeper Chairs provide an excellent solution - they can be easily converted between a chair and bed. This would have made all the difference to Conrad, Alex and their daughters. 

You can help ensure that families share those last precious moments together. Please give a gift today:

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