Help us enhance care for terminally ill patients at
West Suffolk Hospital.
Please help us with our appeal to raise £340,000 to build a dedicated indoor space within a beautiful garden so patients can be with their loved ones as they prepare to say goodbye.
Why do we need a Butterfly Garden?
- Currently, there is no dedicated space for end of life patients at West Suffolk Hospital.
- Today approximately 25 patients will need the help of the hospital's end of life services.
- It will transform the experience of terminally ill patients and their families.
- Each year the palliative care team cares for more than 1000 palliative care admissions.
Our vision is to create a garden with a glass-fronted building which will accommodate a patient in their bed. The area will allow patients and their loved ones to spend quality time together, away from the hustle and bustle of the wards, as they prepare to say goodbye. It will provide an area for quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and privacy for all.
Children will be able to play, pets can visit and precious memories can be made at one of the most vulnerable times in life.
There is never a good time to say goodbye, but we all share the same vision of wishing to be surrounded by our loved ones in our final hours.
The building will have large glass doors to make the space feel part of the garden. There will be calm lighting, a TV and music; everything needed to make it a comfortable environment for all.
The garden will be full of sensory plants and include a water feature. It will be specially designed to allow for easy movement of a patient in their bed, so they can also enjoy the indoor and outdoor space.
The garden will provide an area which doesn't feel like a hospital, but a beautiful place to provide sanctuary at a difficult time.
The space will also allow staff to have difficult conversations with loved ones.
Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers we are already providing:
Comfort packs which contain essentials to allow people to stay beside the bed of their loved one.
Training to allow nurses to administer pain relief.
Ready beds which allow loved ones to stay.
Scenic screens to enhance the bedspace. They include a beach, woodland and hot air balloon floating over fields.
Knitted bears which are given to comfort the patient. These either carry on their journey with the patient or go home with the family.
End of life companionship, in which volunteers spend a few hours with patients who have no family or whose families are unable to be with them, or to give loved ones a little respite.
Beautiful knitted blankets which can go home with the family as a keepsakeWhilst some of these are simple things, they make a huge difference and ake life more comfortable at such a difficult time.
But we need to do more
We need your valuable donations to help families and friends come together in a tranquil, private space to make precious memories in those final days.
Click here to download the Butterfly Appeal brochure.
How you can support our Butterfly Appeal
You can donate at www.justgiving.com/campaign/butterfly or contact our appeal manager, Sally Daniels, at email@example.com or on 01284 713466.
If you want to find out more about palliative care at the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,
please click here.