Project information

Patients Transport Appeal

After years of transporting patients around Tameside and Glossop, Ashton under Lyne based, Willow Wood Hospice has an urgent need to replace their ageing patients transport vehicle.

June 2011 - April 2013

Charity information

Willow Wood Hospice

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  • Need


    Repairs to our existing 8 year old mini bus are no longer economical and patient access and lifting capabilities are totally inadequate. As we continue to expand services we have more patients in need of wheelchair access, currently we are only able to carry one wheelchair. Parts for the disabled access ramp are almost impossible to obtain as the unit is located under the rear floor and catches raised road ramps causing irrepairable damage and creates a very uncomfortable journey for patients.


    As our services continue to expand we expect to have more patients with mobility difficulties and the purchase of a new reliable vehicle with improved access and medical onboard facilities will enable the Hospice cater for the needs of patients ensuring that those in need of our specialist care have access to that care with minimum disruption to their daily routine.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise the funds to purchase a new Hospice Patient Transport vehicle.


    » We lauched a local appeal to begin raising the required funding in June 2011 to raise £63K. To date we have raised 3/4 of the target

    Success will be measured by the increased numbers of local people being able to access our specialist services without disruption to their daily routine

  • Impact


    It is crucial that we have a reliable vehicle to transport our patients and now that our existing vehicle has begun to let us down it is important that as mobile medical facilities improve we need keep up with those improvements for the benefits of our patients.


    There is a risk with the current economic climate potentially effecting donations but this is not expected to be an issue as we continue to enjoy loyal and on going support from the local communities


    We communicate regularly to our donors through mailouts, newletters, our annual Reflection magazine and through the local media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £63,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £63,000 Vehicle Purchase price of vehicle supported by estimates
  • Background


    Willow Wood Hospice is located in Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside, which is part of Greater Manchester


    The people who will benefit directly from this project are those patients who are unable to access our services due to the access dificulties

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Serving the communities of Tameside and Glossop for over 12 years Willow Wood Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative care to over 1250 local people, and their families, every year

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Fellowes

    As Willow Wood's Head of Fundaising for the last 14 years John is committed to ensuring patients facilities through adequate funding