The Axis Foundation has purchased equipment designed to help relieve and prevent the discomfort of sitting and lying, which patients in palliative care can suffer due to the debilitating symptoms of their conditions.
The donation was made to St Luke’s Hospice in Essex, which provides specialist medical, nursing, social and psychological care to people suffering with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses, such as advanced cancer, heart failure and multiple sclerosis.
St Luke’s is a registered charity serving the Basildon and Thurrock districts that is able to provide patients and their families with vital care services at no financial cost. However, the Hospice relies on donations for over 75% of the funding needed to continue their work.
The equipment purchased helps with pain management for patients. A specialist mattress costing over £3,800 will provide enhanced comfort and pressure relief thanks to a unique construction that combines air with a soft foam surface.
Allison Jones, the Hospice’s Funding Officer said: “Without the generosity of organisations like the Axis Foundation, we could not provide care service to the people suffering from these terrible illnesses or support the families who suffer along with them. It’s vital for our community that Hospice services are available for those in need and the organisations and individuals that fund us demonstrate their value to the community.”