St Oswald’s Hospice wins £5,000 to upgrade therapy room

Four ladies standing in the grounds of their hospice

Every year around 2,000 patients and carers at St Oswald’s Hospice benefit from the complementary therapies which help them relax, relieve them from pain or can help to reduce stress.

The Newcastle-upon-Tyne based hospice won a £5,000 Community Award to refurbish one of its therapy rooms by creating a large and airy space that offers comfort, privacy and relaxation. Its patients will be able to enjoy treatments such as reflexology which can relieve a range of debilitating symptoms.

The upgrades to the existing room will improve the space greatly by turning it into a ‘spa’ like area. The Community Award will be spent on new lighting, non-slip flooring and a soothing colour scheme and music system which will create a more welcoming environment.

St Oswald’s provides services for children, adults, families and carers and was nominated for a Community Award by Thelma Moore, a OneFamily customer, whose daughter Jennifer was a patient at the hospice in 2004.

“We are over the moon to be awarded this money, and we’re very grateful for Thelma for nominating us. Each year we have to raise around £7million to keep providing vital services to those with life limiting illnesses.”

Gaenor Evans, complementary therapy team leader at St Oswald’s Hospice

This project will support and promote physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing for those who are seriously or terminally ill, alongside those who care for them or who are grieving a loss.