Newsletter May 2013

Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund News Letter

The Trustees of the fund have been busy over the last two months putting together a portfolio of the aims, business plan and building plans to raise the money to build the Information and Support Centre. You may have seen in the East Anglian Daily Times and the E.D.P. a press release under the heading of a “Bid for a new patient Support Centre” Our plan is to commission a purpose designed building which will provide Information and Support to anyone who has had a life threatening/changing diagnosis. While Barbara Kell was working at Cutlers Hill Surgery as a Nurse Co-ordinator, part of her role was to phone patients with a new diagnosis to offer help and advice throughout their treatment. Barbara identified a gap in the service which was the need for more local information and support. The Centre would help people understand their diagnosis and sign post them to other services they may need such as financial and benefit advice, counselling, support services for the family and other specialist services. We also would like the Centre to be a venue for other support groups such as Dementia services, Parkinson’s and Stroke association. The Centre will serve an area of a 15 mile radius around Halesworth which will include Stradboke, Bungay, Beccles, Southwold and Saxmundham. At present, the nearest support centres are 30 miles from Halesworth based at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, James Paget Hospital, Grt.Yarmouth and Ipswich Hospital

On Tuesday April 16th, the Fund held an exhibition for other agencies involved in health provision, both statutory and voluntary. We had a wonderful attendance and a many positive responses to provide services from the Centre.

Our partners in Halesworth Health have also been busy. You might have seen headlines in the Newspaper that £800,000 has been awarded to East Coast Community Health towards a facility in Halesworth which will include nursing beds, dementia care and respite care. I know that there has been some confusion between the two projects but they are financially totally separate. If successful we will have marvellous health facilities along- side the projected Campus sports complex which should improve the quality of life for our very rural area.

Back to the HCNCF! Fund raising continues. We had a very successful Casino Evening which raised £1010. Everyone had a lovely time and the food was delicious. Thank you to all those who gave raffle prizes and donations. Thanks too, to the committee for working so hard. Emma Ward’s catering was fantastic and the committee made various delicious contributions to the menu. Jackie Richardson’s tombola at the Lions raised £150, Thorington Parochial Council’s Christmas Eve Carol Service gave £79, U3A donated £100, The Rotary collection at the Co-op raised £600 and the fund received £3 from the Co-op Calendar sale and Public Lending Rights £20.

Dee’s Den is going from strength to strength and raised a monumental £2,837 in January and February.

We received donations from Frederika Philips, Jill Hooton, Mrs J. Morley and Mr and Mrs Warren in lieu of Anniversary presents.

Thank you to all those who donated in memory of Joy Newson, Rosalind Donaldson, June Dann, Jean Slater, Jean Lamb and Eileen Trott.