We are proud to announce that Spindles Town Square Shopping centre has decided to support two local charities during 2017 Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Maggie’s Centre, Oldham. The Hospice which provides care and support to the people of Oldham affected by life limiting illnesses, alongside the new Maggie’s Oldham who provide practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their loved ones.
Both charities will have the support of the local shopping centre in the upcoming months. Representatives from the Hospice have met with Mike Flanagan, Centre Manager to help raise awareness of the services we provide to the people of Oldham.
Here at the Hospice we are over the moon to be one of the two chosen charities. The Hospice provides services which include Hospice at Home, inpatient unit and Sunfields day hospice care as well as complementary therapy, 24 hour advice line, Lymphedema and more.
Various events and updates will take place throughout the year and we are looking forward to working with the shopping centre to raise awareness in the local area.
This weekend our Bring and Buy Coffee Morning held at the Hospice raised over £1000 and brought to sale lots of cakes, knitted goods, tombola and lots more. The event was very well attended by the local community despite the horrible weather. Our visitors came in from the rain to enjoy a cuppa and a cake. We also welcomed some unwanted gifts to help support our future events.
Thank you to everyone who came along on the day to support the Hospice. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in the future.
We are truly devastated that heartless thieves have broken into our Chadderton shop again. It appears we were not the intended target, it was our neighbours next door, the Post Office. The thieves had bulldozed through our roof into the shop, then knocked down the wall through to the Post Office. They managed to get away with cash and cigarettes from the counter.
Lisa Pearson, Dr Kershaw’s Income Generation Manager is devastated that the shop has been broken into again, the last break in was less than six months ago.
She said “After the break in last time a wonderful local company called Alpine Security System Ltd provided roller shutters for the shop free of charge and a local alarm company called Secure I Am fitted a new alarm system, we couldn’t have afforded to pay for these measures ourselves so we were overwhelmed by the generosity. It is still just shocking though the amount that it costs us each time this happens. We are losing income and that income is for the patients and families the hospice cares for. The people who do this don’t think, it is absolutely heart breaking. All the stock is going to have to be washed. I could actually cry.”
Alison Taylor, Dr Kershaw’s shop area manager added “It is the damage that they have caused and the cost of repairing that damage. It is loss of custom and loss of donations because we have to keep the shutters down and send people somewhere else. It’s so upsetting, we work so hard on presenting the shop and it’s demolished by mindless thugs.”
We are deeply sorry to inform families that we have had to suspend our upcoming bereavement services on the first Thursday and Friday of each month starting in March 2017. This is due to vacancies which have arisen within the team. Once we have a full team we will reinstate these sessions again.
If you require these services, Oldham Bereavement Support provide sessions. Please contact them on 0161 627 8207. They are open Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is proud to announce that it passed its recent CQC inspection. The Care Quality Commission is responsible for ensuring that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure that care providers meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and the Commission publish what they find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.
Dr Paul Cook, Executive and Medical Director at the Royton-based hospice said, “There have been many changes at Dr Kershaw’s over the last few years with our expanding services and ever increasing regulations that must be met. We are delighted that the CQC report recognised the hard work that our staff and volunteers put in to ensuring that we offer the best care possible to the people of Oldham and the surrounding areas. We are proud that the CQC reported that we provide a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service to our patients and their families and this sentiment is certainly reflected in our patient feedback and the multitude of thank you cards we receive each month.”
The full report can be viewed here.
Stephen Hill a supporter of the Hospice has got his self-funded Big Challenge for 2017 sorted! He is going to take part in The Jungle Ultra - a 250km staged footrace through the Amazon Jungle with 50 plus river crossings. That's equal to six Marathons in six days! Isn’t that incredible! Whilst doing this once in a life time challenge he is also raising funds for a variety of charities. Including the Hospice, Ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, PKD, Parkinson’s UK and Chernobyl Children Life Line.
Show your support for Stephen on his Just Giving page:
You can support the work of Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice and be in with a chance of winning £1,000 instantly with our brand new Dr Kershaw’s Hospice scratch cards.
The cards are available for purchase in any of our 5 Hospice shops and from the Hospice reception and are just £1 each giving you the chance to win a range of cash prizes.
They make great gifts too: you can buy them as wedding favours, birthday and anniversary presents or Christmas stocking fillers. So if you’re stuck for gift ideas and want something a little bit different, why not try our scratch cards. Every card you buy will help support the work of the Hospice and will make a difference to our patients and their families.
Simply scratch the panels and match three amounts to win that sum. You can claim your prize at our Hospice reception or any of our 5 hospice shops located in Royton, Shaw, Lees, Oldham and Chadderton.
Raymond Mitchell (pictured) bought his scratch card from our Oldham Shop on Albion Street and was over the moon to reveal a £20 win!
To place an order or to find out more, contact the lottery team on 0161 624 9213 or email email@example.com.
PC Damieon Pickles has been busy raising money to fund his Kilimanjaro Expedition in February 2018, which will in turn will help raise money for the Hospice! So far PC Pickles has taken on numerous marathons under his running name The Barrowman, where he does his runs with his trusty wheelbarrow. People have been throwing in change to help fund his trip. He isn’t far off reaching what he needs, so now running season is coming back in he will be immersing himself back in the running game.
The 10 day Kilimanjaro Expedition will see PC Pickles trek through the African Jungle full of wildlife, then over the moonscape terrain and glaciers reaching the summit of Africa’s highest peak at 5895 metres! If this sounds like a challenge you would be up for too, why not give us a call on 0161 624 9984 and speak to a member of the fundraising team?
Not only is PC Pickles taking on a once in a life time challenge to raise funds for the Hospice doing the Kilimanjaro Expedition he is also partaking in the Coast to Coast event in 2017. This consists of a 140 mile relay taking 48 hours with 8 breaks (so they don’t need to run through the night).
So if you see PC Pickles around with his wheelbarrow show your love and chuck in some change!