Leckhampton Court Day Hospice undergoes flood repairs
PUBLISHED: 16:42 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:42 23 June 2016
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Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court staff and volunteers are rallying around following the devastating flash flooding that forced its day hospice service to close last week.
Following a full assessment from insurers it was found the building needs new flooring throughout, a replacement fire door, repairs to the main reception area and a deep clean. It could also take up to two months to dry the building out fully.
It is believed the water entered through air bricks at ground level at the back of the building as it swept off Leckhampton Hill during the very heavy storm on Sunday 12 July, coming up through the floor. No residents or staff were affected as the hospice’s inpatient unit occupies a separate area on the site.
Repair work is already underway in a bid to get the Day Hospice building reopened to patients as soon as possible, taking up flooring and drying the building before repairs can begin.
In the meantime hospice staff and volunteers are working hard to re-open their service in the Hospice Chapel and staff dining room, both located in the main hospice building, from next week. All other hospice services are operating as normal.
Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director said “We are absolutely devastated by the damage to our purpose built day hospice building, which helps people with life limiting conditions in Gloucestershire to be cared for at home for as long as possible.”
“Our day service provides symptom management and practical care and support for patients and their families, as well as helping to prevent isolation by bringing people together. We are doing all we can to get the service up and running again.”
As well as disrupting day hospice services, the floods have had a damaging financial impact on the charity too, which like many charities is already facing huge fundraising challenges.
“The flood has been a big blow to us and we’ve been overwhelmed by the many messages of support and offers of help we’ve had since the flood.”
“People keep asking me – how can I help? I tell them we’re a charity and we can only provide our care with the financial support of the very communities we serve. We rely on one another.”
“We are potentially being faced with the situation of diverting funds away from delivering care to covering the cost of this flood. We must meet the insurance excess – the cost of this alone could pay for one of our nurses to provide 50 days of care. Any donations people can give would be really appreciated by all our patients and their families, as well as our volunteers and staff who are working so hard to get our service reopened.”
“You could even consider fundraising for us by doing something simple like organising a local collection in your community, holding a quick coffee morning with friends or a dress down day at work to support us at this time.”
To donate visit www.sueryder.org/donate and select Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice from the drop down option or call 01242 246285.