Project information

Refurbish our in-patient unit conservatory

St Catherine`s Hospice in Central Lancashire is fundraising to pay for a refurbishment of our in patient unit conservatory. This is an important place used by patients and families facing terminal illness like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease to relax during their stay with us.

4 weeks

Charity information: St Catherines Hospice (lancashire) Limited

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  • Need


    The conservatory on our in patient unit is an important place used by patients and families during their stay with us. Sadly the old double glazing leaks which has affected the paintwork, and the ageing furniture is too low to the floor and difficult to clean. Refubishment of the room is one of the gifts highlighted in our 30th Anniversary Give A Gift appeal - a list of 30 different things we need the community`s help to achieve during our milestone year.


    The project has been indentified as a need for our patients and their families, to enable them to continue to use the conservatory as a place of normality. It offers a relaxed, safe haven away from the patients bedrooms. It has also been used recently for a 6th birthday party for a patient's son and a wedding celebration. The project will refurbish the conservatory into a warm, clean, dry environment with furniture suitable and comfortable for our patients to use on a daily basis all year round.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a place where those facing life shortening conditions can relax away from patient rooms


    » Consult patients, families and also our bereavement group about the refurbishment of the conservatory and what they would like to see included.

    What success will look like

    The success will be monitored via usage. It can currently be too hot in summer and too cold in winter, meaninf usage can be low. Patient and family feedback will also be collected.

    Aim 2

    To create a `home from home` environment which gives people back the feeling of normality


    » Again, consultation with patients, families and bereavement group will enable us to achieve this aim.

    What success will look like

    Again, feedback and usage of the refurbished conservatory will enable us to demonstate this

    Aim 3

    To create a place where families and visitors can enjoy some `me time`


    » The consultation process will again dictate how the refurbishment will be achieved.

    What success will look like

    The Hospice cares for every aspect of a patient's needs, including supporting their families . Offering a place of comfort and reflextion is essential and will be monitored.

    Aim 4

    To introduce new furniture which is comfortable and adaptable to patients' specialist needs.


    » Consultation will be held with medics to ensure it is suitable for patients needs and easier to maintain to the highest standards of infection control

    What success will look like

    Patients being able to stay longer in their seats; furniture which is easier to sit down and get up from, whatever their needs. Easily cleaned therefore always available for use.

  • Impact


    The project will ensure greater usage of the conservatory for patients and families. It will be used 365 days a year whatever the weather. It will be comfortable and appealling for patients and their loved ones at a time when it is needed most. Some patients with complex needs are currently unable to use furniture in the conservatory - this project will open up access to everyone and be a welcoming, safe environment for all. Monitoring feedback about the new refurbished room will be continuous.


    The risk that the conservatory is not suitable for refurbishment has been assessed and there is no structural concerns - it is only replacement of the failed double glazing units and the air conditioning unit. The risk of not replacing furniture and fittings with suitable replacements will be dealt with by consultation with patients, their families, bereavement groups and our medical and infection control teams.


    We will contact our donors and ask them to attend the opening of the conservatory.
    We will promote the project via our anniversary Give A Gift appeal run in partnership with the LEP
    Via our newly launched website & on social media.
    Via our St Catherine`s Voice newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 Double glazing Replacing failed units including roof
      £3,500 Furniture Replacing including bariatric chairs
      £2,500 Air conditioning Replacement of broken unit
      £1,000 Redecoration Painting and decoration
      £2,500 Flooring Replacement of old flooring
  • Background


    In 2015 St Catherine`s Hospice Care celebrates its 30th Anniversary and three decades of providing specialised palliative and end of life care for peoplefacing life shortening conditions. Fundamentally our purpose today remains the same as in 1985 - to help people enjoy quality of life and when the time comes dignity in death.
    Whilst may of our patients we care for have cancer St Catherine`s is here for people facing any kind of life shortening illness.


    St Catherine`s aims to be there for people throughout Central Lancashire `when it matters most` - working with our patients and their loved ones to offer care free of charge which is always tailored to an individuals needs and promotes choice and independence. We work from our in patient unit, day therapy unit, and outpatients clins at the Hospice and through our expert team of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The conservatory is situated within our in patient unit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    It costs around £5m to run the Hospice eavh year. The Hospice receives just over a quarter of this huge total from the NHS with the remaining £3.7m raised through charitable support. Our 30th anniversary Gift a Gift campaign is working to help raise funds and awareness of St Catherine`s so that we can continue providing our specialist care and support for local families for another three decades and beyond.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lorna Wastall

    Lorna is the n Patient unit Manager and worked for the Hospice for 30 years. She will advice on every aspect of patient needs for the conservatory