A major fundraising campaign has been launched to provide relatives’ accommodation and rehabilitation facilities at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The Home from Home Appeal aims to raise 1 million over the next two years, to pay for eight ensuite bedrooms for relatives who want to stay near loved ones undergoing treatment in the hospital.
The appeal will also pay for extra facilities for specialised rehabilitation patients, including therapy gardens and gym equipment.
The relatives’ accommodation and the new rehab facilities are all part of a new, three storey building planned as part of the Trust’s expansion.
The first fundraising event is a family fun walk from the Pier Head on Sunday 10 March.
The five kilometer ‘Walk for Walton’ starts at 11am on 10 March at the Pier Head and participants are asked to show their support by wearing a hat, with beanie hats provided in advance and a prize for the best decorated hat.
The event includes refreshments, balloons, quizzes and entertainment. Entry is 5 for adults and 10 for a family with up to three children.
It is followed by the Jan Fairclough Ball, led by former Liverpool footballer David in memory of his late wife, at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool on 27 April.
Trust Chairman Ken Hoskisson said: “Our Trust serves a very wide population in the North West and North Wales, with many more patients coming to us from all over the country.”
“At the moment, many families are sleeping in chairs in visitor rooms when they want to stay close to relatives in the Critical Care Unit. We want to be able to offer all the comforts of home to families in these traumatic situations and we are calling on all our supporters to help us succeed in our Home from Home Appeal.”
A Warrington family, who lost their 19 year old daughter in a road accident, has pledged their support for the appeal.
Leah Davies, of Lowton, was treated in another hospital’s Critical Care Unit for several days before she lost her fight for life, in summer 2012.
If she had survived, she would have been transferred to The Walton Centre for rehabilitation treatment.
Her father Andy Davies said: “Although Leah died in another hospital, if she had survived she would have been treated in The Walton Centre’s Neuro Rehabilitation Unit. We want to raise funds to support the rehabilitation services and we also want to help The Walton Centre to provide relatives’ accommodation.”
“We know how important it is to be able to stay near to someone seriously ill in Critical Care. I would urge everyone to help The Walton Centre reach its 1 million target to build the relatives’ rooms and new rehabilitation facilities.”