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UK Healthcare proudly donates £2,000 to fund music therapy for dementia patients

UKH Foundation has proudly donated £2,000 to MHA to help fund music therapy for care home patients who are living with dementia.

MHA is one of the largest charities providing support and care for more than 17,600 older people in England, Scotland and Wales. It does this through community-based Live at Home schemes for people who live independently in their own home, retirement living communities and care homes.

MHA coordinated with Sounding Bowls, a company which creates hardwood bowls complete with strings to make music, who have been able to continue to work with residents at Beechville Care Home, Bolton, thanks to the donation from UK Healthcare. Appreciation and enjoyment of music is one of the last things that people living with dementia lose, and around 2,000 people in MHA care homes currently receive music therapy.

Music therapy for residents living with dementia has been known to be particularly effective as a part of their ongoing care and support; music itself is something that those suffering with dementia particularly enjoy and remember for a significant period of time. Music seems to connect with parts of a dementia sufferer’s brain which other forms of communication cannot reach.

The music therapy brought to the residents at Beechville Care Home is free of charge for those who take part, and sounding bowls are particularly ease to use, as the residents living with dementia may not have the dexterity for more advanced musical instruments. As a result, the process is simple, and the residents enjoy the process as much as possible. The bowls can be used in one to one and group therapy sessions, to make residents feel as comfortable as possible.

Find out more about MHA and Sounding Bowls by visiting their websites to discover how they help dementia sufferers, and how donations like the one made by UKH Foundation can help to fund their ongoing support.

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UK Healthcare proudly donates £5,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

UKH Foundation is proud to announce a recent donation of £5,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The donation will support the transformation and refurbishment of a new parent accommodation house, located close to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Families with a child in intensive care will especially benefit from having this accommodation close to the hospital.

More than 50% of Great Ormond Street Hospital patients come from outside of London, with many families travelling hundreds of miles to seek treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For these families, knowing they have a place to stay when they arrive is so important and with the hospital’s accommodation service already stretched, more accommodation is urgently needed.

UK Healthcare’s donation will be directed towards the creation of a new accommodation house located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the hospital, which will contain en-suite bedrooms and a communal living area with shared facilities. The new accommodation house is ideally located so that families can have some respite and time to unwind away from the busy wards while remaining close enough to return to the hospital at a moment’s notice. This accommodation house will provide a ‘home away from home’ for parents and carers from across the country.

 

For more information on the important work carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day and the support they receive from the charity, go to www.gosh.org.  

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UK Healthcare donates £3,395 to Caudwell Children

UK Healthcare has proudly donated £3,395 to Staffordshire-based national charity, Caudwell Children. The donation will allow the charity to purchase an oxygen concentrator, which will give disabled children who have low oxygen levels the opportunity to experience a dream holiday to Disney World, Florida.    

The charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, created its annual Destination Dreams holiday programme in 2007. The aim of the programme is to give 25 children with life threatening illnesses the chance to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, overseas, trip.

Each year a number of the children selected for the holiday are either full-time oxygen users, require oxygen when they sleep at altitude on the aeroplane, or will be in need of emergency oxygen provision during the holiday. Unfortunately, the charity’s limited number of oxygen concentrators are coming to the end of their lifespan and need replacing.

Lisa Bates, Associate Director of Core Services at Caudwell Children, says the donation from UK Healthcare is vital in ensuring that those with oxygen needs continue to be selected for the holiday. As she explained: “Each child that travels on the Destination Dreams trip undergoes a professional risk assessment based on their medical condition.

“As part of this process the children need to obtain a ‘fit to fly’ approval from their consultant. For those with a respiratory condition this won’t be obtained unless oxygen is available for them on the flight. Whilst there are supplies on all commercial planes they only have the capacity to support two patients at any one time.  

“Clearly this doesn’t meet our requirements so the grant from UK Healthcare, which will allow us to purchase a brand new oxygen concentrator, is vital in allowing us to get ‘fit to fly’ approval for more children.”

The Destination Dreams holiday is unique in that those selected for the trip receive 24-hour dedicated medical support from a team of specialist paediatric doctors and nurses.

“We can’t thank UK Healthcare enough,” concluded Lisa. “They have given us the ‘green light’ to take more children, who require oxygen provision, to Florida. The concentrator that they have funded will support up to 125 children over the next five years, the lifetime of a concentrator, and that’s priceless.”

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UKH Foundation proudly donates £2,500 to Lucy Air Ambulance

We are pleased to announce that UKH Foundation has donated £2,500 to Lucy Air Ambulance for Children. Every transfer provided by Lucy Air Ambulance for Children costs £7,000 overall, so the UKH Foundation donation will go towards their next air transfer.

Established in 2010, Lucy Air Ambulance for Children supplies fixed wing air transfers for seriously ill babies and children in the UK who are in need of a planned transfer service. They do so by working very closely with the NHS and their air charter partner Capital Air Ambulance, and the service is provided to the families of the children involved at no cost.

Providing private and free air transfers to seriously ill babies and children up to the age of 16, Lucy Air Ambulance for Children receives no ongoing government grants or funding, and no National Lottery funding. The charity relies entirely on the generosity and kindness of supporters and fundraisers to provide their life-saving services, with all money received going towards the next air transfer.

For parents and guardians, having a seriously ill baby or child is an extremely overwhelming and stressful experience, which can cause a great deal of uncertainty and make parents feel out of control and unable to help their child. In some cases, children are too ill to be able to handle a long journey by road ambulance; in these situations the quickest and safest way to transport your child is by air ambulance. Lucy Air Ambulance for Children provides air transfer to either a more specialised unit or to a hospital closer to home.

 

If you would like to find out more about Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, you can visit their website by clicking here

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UKH Foundation proudly donates £2,500 to the Meningitis Research Foundation

 

 

THE UKH Foundation has proudly donated £2,500 to Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) to support the charity’s free helpline and support service. The helpline is a vital resource for families and individuals affected by meningitis or septicaemia. To find out more about the helpline, click here.

 

MRF funds vital scientific research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, as well as raising awareness of the diseases and supporting those affected. MRF estimates that there have been on average around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK. They are deadly diseases that can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.

 

Not only does MRF spend almost £1 million a year in the UK supporting those affected and providing free information to the public and healthcare professionals; the charity has also invested over £18.9 million in vital scientific research. Since the charity was founded in 1989, it has awarded 156 research grants.

 

MRF Head of Support, Rob Dawson said, “We are very grateful to UK Healthcare for this generous donation. We rely on donations to provide all of our vital services. The funds will help enable us to keep the helpline and support service running.”

 

MRF has recently launched their Stop The Spread campaign, to encourage young people in the UK to get their MenACWY vaccine to protect themselves against a deadly strain of meningitis that is spreading among students - the MenW bug. By getting the free MenACWY vaccine from their GP, young people will be protecting themselves against four strains of meningitis and helping to stop the spread of the bacteria to others. For more information, click here.

 

To find out more about MRF, you can visit their website by clicking here.

 

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