DOUGIE MAC INPATIENT UNIT REFURBISHMENT FUNDED BY DENISE COATES FOUNDATION

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Dougie Mac is delighted to confirm that the Denise Coates Foundation will be funding the entire refurbishment of the hospice Inpatient Unit with a generous £950,100 grant. The gift will enable the Hospice to undertake the Inpatient Unit refurbishment programme, delivering building and facility improvements that will raise the quality and standard of the environment to the level that those receiving end of life care and their loved ones truly deserve.

The donation of £950,100 will fund the entire refurbishment of the Inpatient Unit, which is long overdue. Built in the early 70’s the Unit has been regularly redecorated, but fittings and engineering work has only been sparingly maintained.

The hospice costs in excess of £12 million a year to provide exceptional care to over 3,500 patients and their loved ones. The gift from the Foundation means the support of local people, businesses, organisations and groups can continue to fund patient care. We are reliant on voluntary donations for 80% of the annual running costs and to find the additional funds for the much needed refurbishment of the Inpatient Unit was posing a huge challenge.

Thanks to the Denise Coates Foundation the Dougie Mac are able to undertake the extensive refurbishment which will be far reaching including the installation of portable nurse call alarms for every patient, state of the art fire protection systems, electrical and plumbing upgrades, piped oxygen to every bed, floors, skirting and walls that assure high standards of infection control, air conditioning throughout the unit and intruder/ security alarms.

In addition patients and families can benefit from wet rooms, ensuite bathrooms, and direct access to a patio area overlooking the gardens, new socialising areas and kitchenettes. All to provide a safe, serene and spacious home from home environment, in which patients and their loved ones can experience and enjoy cherished moments together at a most difficult time, whilst receiving end of life care.

The Hospice is hugely grateful for the significant support of The Denise Coates Foundation which since 2013 has provided £2.4m of funding. This has strengthened the reach and positive effect of one of the regions most loved charities for which the Hospice is hugely grateful. David Webster, Dougie Mac Chief Executive, commented:

“The Denise Coates Foundation plays a pivotal role in the community, not only supporting Dougie Mac, but also a number of other local organisations. We offer our deepest and sincerest thanks for the generosity displayed in this tremendous donation that allows Dougie Mac to embark on its next chapter.

Denise Coates CBE, Denise Coates Foundation Trustee commented:

“The trustees are delighted that the Foundation could support Dougie Mac’s Inpatient Unit refurbishment programme. The Hospice provides a vital service to the people in the region with a life limiting illness.

“It is extremely important that those receiving end of life care are afforded the highest standards of comfort and dignity. This investment will deliver an environment that will enable Dougie Mac to provide the level of support that will do just that.”

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