We bring you some events and current news that the Nightingale House Hospice has been involved in over the last few weeks despite the current coronavirus restrictions.
Supporters Run ‘Erddig 10k’ Their Own Way
The annual Erddig 10k did not take place in May due to the restrictions on fundraising events. However, that didn’t deter our supporters from running their version at the beginning of October.
The fundraising team decided to create a specific event to encourage others to complete the 10k run. Participants could choose a location of their choice, any time, any day. Nightingale asked competitors to raise a minimum of £25 towards patient care.
Gemma Bloomfield of Ellesmere and Angie Prichard of Wrexham were the inspiration behind the event in memory of her friend Joannah Houghton.
Gemma said: “I decided to run the Erddig 10k virtually after one of my friends, Angie Prichard, suggested it. This was Angie’s first 10k distance and she did amazingly well and I’m so proud of her.
“It was emotional as we signed up on behalf of our friend Joannah Houghton. Jo was fighting cervical cancer and couldn’t take part, but we registered anyway and created Team Joannah Houghton. Jo was looking forward to cheering us all on, but sadly on 20th April, she passed away at the hospice.”
Sam Amis, Fundraising Events co-ordinator at Nightingale House Hospice said: “It is lovely we can continue to provide the care needed to our patients like Jo. Gemma, Angie and their friends have seen the work and support that the hospice provides and wanted to do what they could to help us during these difficult times.”
Nightingale Launches Its Own Anniversary Gin
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the hospice has collaborated with The Shropshire Distillery producing a bespoke Nightingale House hand-crafted gin.
The distillery is based in Ellesmere and is known for creating artisan-handcrafted premium gins using traditional copper-still methods. Furthermore, they are is the proud winners of two International Wine and Spirit Competition awards.
It is a limited-edition juniper led dry gin with lightly sweet citrus notes from sweet orange. Additionally, it features a bright but subtle citrusy taste derived from lemon balm.
The distillery will donate a percentage of the sales from every bottle sold to the hospice. It will cost £36.50 a bottle and can be purchased directly from theshropshiredistillery.co.uk.
Hospice fundraiser, Sarah Povey, said: “It’s been fantastic to create our own Nightingale House gin. The timing is significant for us: we have lost substantial income as we have been unable to hold fundraising events. We must become more inventive and look at new avenues to raise funds. Sales from this product will make sure we can be there for patients and their loved ones when they need us most.”
New Direct Referral Service for Clinical and Patient Services
Changes to how the Hospice delivers its services to cope with the impact from the coronavirus pandemic are having a positive effect on patient care.
These changes were necessary to avoid additional pressure on the NHS and to enable patients to access hospice services more quickly.
A direct referrals service was introduced at the start of lockdown to reach more people who need the hospice’s services and who live within its catchment zone of Flintshire, South Denbighshire, Wrexham and the border areas.
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