Pupils go purple in aid of hospice

Pictured are Shona Stevens, Head Teacher at Carrick Academy; Lewis Burns and Rebecca Cameron, pupils at Carrick Academy presenting the cheque to Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice.

Pictured are Shona Stevens, Head Teacher at Carrick Academy; Lewis Burns and Rebecca Cameron, pupils at Carrick Academy presenting the cheque to Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice.

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Kind-hearted pupils from Carrick Academy presented the hospice with a cheque for £473.55 after the school took part in the hospice Go Purple day on Friday 7th October.

The pupils held a dress-down day and asked their class mates to donate to raise vital funds for the local charity.

Shona Stevens, Head Teacher at Carrick Academy said: “We encourage the pupils to get involved in fundraising in aid of local charities and the pupils really got behind the Go Purple campaign and supported the hospice.”

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “We have been delighted with the response to this year’s Go Purple campaign and it’s only possible due to schools like Carrick Academy taking part. We are so grateful to the pupils for all their hard work and every penny will be truly appreciated by everyone at the hospice. The kindness and generosity of the Ayrshire community is never taken for granted.”

Funds are still being submitted for Go Purple and the fundraising team hope to have a collective total by December 2016. If you still have Go Purple funds to submit or would like to donate to the campaign, please visit the fundraising team at 29 Miller Road, Ayr KA7 2AX or call Ron Swanson on 01292 288488 for more information on how you can support the hospice.

The Ayrshire Hospice provides outstanding quality care and services which helps those with any life-limiting illness. Care is provided where there is no cure for the condition, but which improves the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live.

The Ayrshire Hospice helps people to live as actively as they can to the end of their lives - however long that may be, where ever that may be. Care is provided by hospice staff in a number of places including people’s own homes, hospitals and care homes as well as in the hospice’s purpose built day care and in-patient unit.

The Ayrshire Hospice looks after patients and families from across the whole of Ayrshire and during 2015-16 had 1,262 referrals including 442 from East Ayrshire, 416 from South Ayrshire and 391 from North Ayrshire. Almost a third of the patients that come to the hospice in-patient unit are discharged and are able to return home after a period of care, assessment, treatment or respite.

The majority of the care provided by the hospice is provided in the community with just over 4,000 visits being made to patients during 2015-16 by our team of specialist palliative care nurses.

Over 2,700 attendances were made to our day service Solas, allowing patients to visit the hospice for the day and giving them access to a range of services including therapy and interest groups, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, our drop in café, carers café and respite care.

The care provided by the Ayrshire Hospice is at no cost to the patient. However, it does require extensive, on-going fundraising support. During 2015-16, it cost almost £7.4million to run all hospice services, including clinical, fundraising and support services – equating to approximately £20,000 per day. Against this we raised £7.9million with over £4.8 million being raised through voluntary donations.

80p of every pound donated goes directly to providing clinical services, the remaining 20p goes towards supporting clinical services.

185 employed staff and over 600 volunteers work together to provide outstanding hospice care across Ayrshire, at no cost to our patients or their families.