Three young ladies took on a fundraising challenge after one of their mother’s received care and treatment from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice last year.
Michelle Horrocks was joined by Heidi Smith and Emma Bland as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in memory of her mum. Rita Dixon died while in the care of the hospice in February 2016. Now her daughter and her friends have helped raise a huge £1474.85 by completing the challenge and named themselves Team Rita in remembrance of Michelle’s mother. Well done and thank you ladies!
A massive thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Fair this year, it was a superb event! We had several stalls selling items from garden ornaments, knitwear, cakes, fudge, handbags, toys and lots more. With entertainment from Oldham Scottish Pipe Band, Jayne Barnes Dance and Street Jammers who amazed everyone throughout the day! Hope the bear and Chaddy the owl came along to see the children. We had a bouncy castle, show us your strength and sand art stall with activities for the children and some yummy food stalls with burgers and pizza being sold. The event this year raised an amazing £5,029.86, we cannot thank everyone enough for the support received on this fabulous event!
A group of colleagues from RSM UK recently came along to the Hospice to give us a hand with painting our fence and a spot of litter picking.
The team of 15 people came along for the afternoon on Friday 12th May dressed ready to paint our fence. The team had also raised enough money to pay for the materials needed to complete the task. They managed to raise an amazing £279.54 which more than covered the materials needed to spruce up our front fence.
The team were here for just four hours and did a fantastic job and even managed to do a second coat of paint, they were not put off by the bad weather either. Once completed the sun even came out in time for us to take a picture of their amazing work.
A huge thank you to everyone involved from RSM UK and for raising funds to complete the work, we really appreciate the support.
First year Financial and Professional Services students from Oldham College spent a day at our Oldham Shop on Thursday 27th April to help raise awareness of the Hospice and promote the amazing items which you can find in our charity shops.
They were armed with leaflets and collections tins and Hope the mascot even made an appearance on the day to help encourage shoppers in Oldham to visit the Hospice charity shop.
The group spoke to passers-by to raise awareness of the care provided by the Hospice and this contributed towards part of their project which involved team work and leadership.
They had a successful day despite the miserable weather and managed to speak to several people, they also interacted with people by wearing some of the fantastic items you can find within our charity shops and even held a raffle.
A massive thank you to everyone involved from the college!
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: