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Hospice calls on public to ‘sponsor a nurse’

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The Bolton Hospice is calling on the public to sponsor a nurse and help it “provide care, hope and support for the local people who need it most”.

The new campaign was launched on 3 March by the hospice, which cares for over 700 patients and their families in Bolton every year.

“We need help to grow and maintain a team of nurses with the specialist clinical skills and compassion that hospice care needs”

Bolton Hospice

Announcing the move, it said it needed “more nurses to care for more patients”, “training to maintain and develop specialist skills”, “enough time to provide compassionate care” to patients and “time to care for family members”.

The hospice stated: “There are more people than ever in need of our specialist care, and having recently expanded our services to meet this demand, we need… help to grow and maintain a team of nurses with the specialist clinical skills and compassion that hospice care needs.”

It noted that £3 a month “could help a nurse to care for a day patient, giving their carer at home some respite”, while £5 a month “could give a nurse on our inpatient unit the time they need to care for the person as well as their condition”.

In addition, it added that £10 a month “could help our Hospice at Home nurses care for and support a dying patient and their family” and £22 a month “could help train a new Bolton Hospice nurse, so we can reach out to more people who need our care”.

To help launch the initiative and encourage sponsors, the hospice quoted Robyn Cullen, a nurse on its inpatient unit.

She said: “The best thing about my job is spending time with patients and families and really getting to know them as people so that I can provide the care and support they need.

“It’s impossible not to become emotionally attached when you spend so much time with a family during such a difficult time for them,” she added.

The hospice’s total income was £4.9m in 2014-15, of which just over £1m came from donations and fundraising.

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