Darlington Building Society raises £35,000 to fund new hospice rooms

Darlington Building Society raises £35,000 to fund new hospice rooms

Darlington Building Society is to fund a specialist in-patient room at the new facilities at Darlington’s St Teresa’s Hospice after raising £35,000 for the charity.

In order to raise the substantial sum the Society organised a trade conference in London for mortgage advisers, which focused on how lending is set to change in the digital age, with all the money raised from the ticket sales and event sponsorship adding to the total. It also received support from the County Durham Community Foundation and further support from mortgage specialists Capital Fortune.

The money will be used to fit out an in-patient room at the charity’s new 10 bed unit, which will be fully funded from the donation including decoration and the installation of specialist medical equipment, which includes a piped oxygen supply and built-in hoists that fold out of sight, allowing patients with mobility issues the chance to transfer easily from bed to en-suite, and a separate assisted bathroom, with adjustable bath seating.

On top of the fully funded in-patient room the funds donated will also be used by the hospice to establish a new ‘sharing the memories’ area within the new IPU reception. This will allow in-memory messages and support messages to be added to the ‘sharing the memories tree’.

The two Darlington establishments have also teamed up with The Northern Echo to invite members of the public to submit a name for the funded room, with the winning title being announced later in the year.

Colin Fyfe, Chief Executive of Darlington Building Society, said: “As part of our 160th anniversary celebrations in 2016 we asked our members which organisations they would like to support and a vast majority chose ‘people who help people’.

“St Teresa’s Hospice is a fantastic example of an organisation, here in Darlington, that does just that; providing specialist palliative and at-home care, in addition to supporting family members of those with life-limiting illnesses.”

Jane Bradshaw, Chief Executive of St Teresa’s Hospice, said: “It’s vital to the future of the hospice that we have the support of fantastic local organisations like Darlington Building Society. To raise such a substantial sum is amazing and we are extremely grateful to them for working with us to create a modern environment for our patients.”

Mr Fyfe added: “I’m looking forward to seeing all the suggestions coming in. I know that St Teresa’s Hospice is a charity close to many peoples’ hearts in Darlington, so I expect there will lots of suggestions coming and I’m looking forward to working with Jane to choose a winner.”

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