You can help Airedale Hospital raise vital funds

Posted on May 11, 2021 by AireAdmin

Airedale Hospital and Community Charity is raising funds for two important initiatives.

Firstly, the physiotherapy team are making a splash for their hydrotherapy pool. The pool, which has helped provide treatment for thousands of patients over the years, needs to be replaced. It is currently closed and needs renovation before it can reopen.

The therapy teams at Airedale hospital are planning to raise around £50,000 to ensure a future for the pool.

Jo Sainty, physiotherapy professional lead, says, “The hydrotherapy pool helps patients with many different conditions helping them to regain and improve independence, reduce pain and increase strength and fitness. We use it on a daily basis to treat adults and children post injury, surgery or for medical management. We will be lost without it.

“We will be busy in the therapy teams doing all sorts of fundraising challenges to raise the money needed to bring our much-loved pool to life once more. We’d love to get our local community’s support in raising funds for this important project.”

You can donate online and keep up with the progress here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/makeasplash

Secondly, the Airedale Hospital and Community charity is asking for help to raise money for a new calm room, to help patients who have received difficult news.

The charity is aiming to raise between £10,000 and £15,000 to create the new room but is also asking for any items that companies can donate to make the room more homely including soft furnishings, a sofa, artwork and drink making facilities.

Jenny Tennant, Emergency Department Business Administrator at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is leading on the project and says:

“The room will really help our patients who come for an appointment and may receive some news that they need to absorb and reflect on. It’s very important that we can offer calm and caring surroundings so they can take as long as they need to ask questions, reflect or speak to friends or family, before they have to leave the hospital for their journey home.

“Receiving any bad news relating to results, cancer or any life changing diagnosis can be a real shock and people react in many different ways. It can be a very upsetting time and we just want to give them somewhere safe and quiet where they have some space to process their emotions. At the moment the room we use is quite clinical so we hope this fundraising will mean we can transform the room into a tranquil and comfortable space.”

Over £500 has already been raised and the outpatients’ team will be running fundraising events throughout the year. To donate go to Just Giving www.justgiving.com/campaign/airedaleoutpatients.

For more information on how you can help or to set up your own fundraising challenge please contact the charity team on 01535 294870 or at airedalecharity@anhst.nhs.uk.