Hospice and “Home Away From Home” Benefit From Durham Lions
Durham Lions President Alvan Bailey and Secretary George O’Donnell visited St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Merry Oaks, Durham. There, we met Jade McArdle, the Community and Events Fundraiser, to make the formal presentation of our cheque for £350.00, which was raised by the proceeds of a challenge darts match held some time earlier at the New Inns in Durham between Ustinov College and the Ushaw Moor Catholic Club Ladies team. Jade was very pleased to be able to let us know that St Cuthbert’s, after an unannounced visit from the governments Care Quality Commission, had been rated as ‘OUTSTANDING’. There is no higher mark and no other adult hospice has thus far managed this. After the presentation we enjoyed coffee and tea served by cheerful volunteers in their tearoom and then had a walk around the lovely grounds surrounding the hospice.
Durham Lion President Alvan Bailey with Lions Miriam and John King visited the Butterwick House in Stockton on Tees and had the pleasure of being able to present a cheque for £300.00 to Tracy Bowstead. Butterwick House is set up as a home away from home for children, teenagers and their families to visit, some for the day, many for a few days. The children ranging from 0 to 19 years have a range of healthcare needs. Butterwick has many facilities including a large lounge/playroom, kitchen, hydrotherapy pool, sensory garden, multi-sensory room and craft room. It has four colourful bedrooms that can be adapted to suit a variety of needs. There are also facilities for families to stay. Sadly, some children need end of life care and this is provided in a thoughtful, caring way with a Bereavement Service available.