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Rosemere Cancer Foundation

A few weeks ago, Shaw Hill Golf Club in Chorley ran a tribute night in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The bill was shared by comedian Iain Mack and Nicole Parkinson, who performed as ‘Cilla Black’.  This was followed by a delicious supper, with proceeds from the tickets going to the charity.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation, along with St Catherines Hospice, are both well-known local cancer charities operating in the Chorley, Leyland and Preston area.  Rosemere provides world class treatment throughout Lancashire using their funding to buy equipment, find new ways to treat cancer, fund research projects to increase our understanding of cancer and to ensure staff dealing with the illness receives first class training.

In 2015, Rosemere raised £336,483 with the funds being spent on projects such as a hospital quiet room to discuss patient issues in private and a Lancashire research project which looks at the impact of a change of diet on cancer patients.  Funding comes from events like the Shaw Hill Tribute Night, Garden Parties, Bike Rides, Wine Testing and collections at supermarkets.

Mark Booker, owner of Independent Living, commented, “In the Chorley and Leyland area, we take a number of customers to the Rosemere Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital and you can see the great work they do with the number of people whose lives have been affected by cancer.  I would urge people to support this charity, and the great thing about it is many of the fund raising events are fun – you can have a good time whilst making a contribution.  As a member of Leyland Rotary Club, many of our events such as the annual Leyland Festival in June donate some of the proceeds to the charity.”

More information about Rosemere can be found on their website www.rosemere.org.uk or by emailing info@rosemere.org.uk.

By |2016-08-01T13:16:23+00:00August 1, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Singing For Wellbeing

A new group for the over 50’s has been created at St Laurence’s Church Café, Chorley to promote group singing amongst older people. They have received a number of grants, such as from Chorley Astley Rotary Club, and through Chorley Council’s, “Small Community Fund” to help set up and provide musical instruments.

The group provides social, emotional, and cognitive benefits for participants.  Not only can people sing, but a grant has been received to purchase a drum kit.  It’s a great opportunity to get out and meet new people for a few hours.

Independent Living owner, Mark Booker, commented, “Singing is known to help raise people’s spirits and for people with memory loss issues such as dementia, it is a great way to involve them, making them feel better, and quite often it brings back positive memories.  Organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society have similar activities such as ‘Singing for the Brain’ and it is a growing area of therapy.  Whilst people may experience short term memory loss, they can often recall things from their more distant past and that includes the words to songs!  As we get older our health can often limit us from participating in active sports which are made for us to feel physically and emotionally better so group singing is a positive solution”.

Mark also commented

“As a home care company, we see a lot of people spending time alone and want those who are well enough to get out and about more and meet people.  As a member of the Rotary Club, I am also proud that money is being donated to local causes, especially older members of our community.”

The group is run by Ali Maze and Janet Wright and they can be contacted on 01257 276178, or more can be found on facebook www.facebook.com/lifelongsongchorley

By |2016-07-14T15:41:36+00:00July 14, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Singing For Wellbeing

10 Years Later – NHS Bed Blocking Remains A Concern Due To A Lack Of Community Care

It is reported in the national press that we have a “bed-blocking crisis” in the NHS which leaves pensioners stranded in hospital.  The issue shows no sign of abating and on current forecasts, will last at least another 5 years. Over the last 2 years the position has worsened and this has led to a committee of MPs branding the situation a “disgrace” with no progress having been made since the issue was looked at back in 2003.

Over the last 2 years, bed-blocking has risen by 33%. Jon Rouse, the director of social care, local government and care partnerships, told the committee of MPs that across the county there were “unacceptable variations of performance”.  Delays in coming out of hospital have increased over the last two years in 6 out of 10 authority areas.  Jon Rouse said, “The reasons for bed-blocking appear to be divided between the NHS not getting people ready for hospital discharge, and social care not being in place to support someone at home”.

Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, commented, “Time and time again as a care provider we are told someone is coming home from Chorley hospital, only for it to be postponed.  The main reason seems to be that those responsible for ensuring that the correct medical and social care is in place at a person’s home haven’t, for whatever reason, sorted it out.  This means a person will be taking a valuable hospital bed when they would prefer to be cared for at their home.  As a care company this situation is very difficult to deal with because we can spend hours arranging home care only to find out at the last minute they are not coming home, and with no clear future date it is hard to plan.  The waste of resources due to a lack of planning and partnership working must be immense”.

By |2016-06-22T09:42:42+00:00June 22, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on 10 Years Later – NHS Bed Blocking Remains A Concern Due To A Lack Of Community Care
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