Giving Tuesday is such a wonderful day. It falls just after Black Friday weekend, a weekend known for extravagant spending. We are all guilty of being sucked into this consumerist event! But Giving Tuesday is a wonderful way in which you can give back to your community or people in need.
This year, Happy Beds decided that we wanted to support the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. Based in Headingley, North Leeds, Wheatfields Hospice supports people who are 18 and over, dying from life-limiting conditions like cancer, heart failure and lung disease.
Support is offered to patients both at home, and at the hospice, where they have 18 inpatient beds. Wheatfields Hospice receives £1.8m, around 47%, of their funds directly from the government. But another £2m needs to be raised a year to provide palliative care to the people that need it. That’s where we come in.
So, What Did We Do?
We decided to donate £10 to the hospice for each mattress sold on Giving Tuesday and we honestly can’t thank our wonderful customers from that day enough for your purchases!
Where Does The Money Go?
The team here at Happy Beds visited Wheatfields Hospice to find out more about what they do to help people in need.
The hospice was a truly beautiful place, surrounded by a garden adorned with fairy lights for the festive season creating its very own winter wonderland. The building itself was stunning, and the grand tree that stood in the reception room made you feel immediately warm and cosy inside.
We were then given a tour and told all about the brilliant work that is done at Wheatfields. The efforts at Wheatfields go far beyond just inpatient care. Family support is a huge part of the work that they do there, from grief counselling to the New Horizons Cafe, which provides support for people aged 50 and under, who have children and have lost a partner. All of these things are provided free and whenever families want or need them, whether that be months or days after they lose their family member.
As already said, there are 18 inpatient beds for patients where they can receive end of life care. But Wheatfields provide more than that. Wheatfields provide Day Therapy Services that help people living with long term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital. They also offer community services for people who prefer to receive palliative care at home.
Though traditional medical support is provided the hospice also provides complementary therapy including, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and Reiki for inpatients but also, day hospice patients, outpatients and carers.
It is also important that patients spiritual needs are met by the hospice, this kind of support can be a huge comfort, they have a fantastic Spiritual Care team on-site and promise to connect you with the appropriate people according to patients religious needs.
How Can You Help?
Here at Happy Beds, Wheatfields Hospice is really important to us on a personal level. We want to encourage our brilliant customers to get involved any way that they can, whether that be via donation, planning and event, or even just shopping in a Sue Ryder shop! Check out their fundraising page here and get involved today!