Hospices Runcorn Apr 2021

CRASH helps Halton Haven Hospice with essential electric works to keep the hospice operational

Thanks to the support of our Corporate Patrons and fundraisers, CRASH was able to respond quickly to urgent requests for help at Halton Haven Hospice and award a cash grant for essential electric works. The relocation of electrics means the hospice is no longer in danger of losing power.

Halton Haven Hospice opened in 1984 to provide inpatient and outpatient specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses, including clinical and complimentary therapies, counselling, and bereavement support. Annually it provides free of charge specialist care for approximately 190 inpatients, 150-day hospice users and 460 relatives, friends and carers through family support services.

CRASH first supported Halton Haven in 2019 with the help of Corporate Patrons Arcadis and Bauder,  to restore the roof of their Inpatient Unit conservatory, which was leaking and making the room unusable. The conservatory now allows whole families to gather and create memories in all weathers. To read about the roof repair project, click here.

The need

In 2020 Halton Haven approached CRASH again with an urgent request for help with their electrical intake to the hospice. The electrics were housed in a single storey, timber framed modular building which was approaching the end of its useful life, with a roof that was leaking into the room with the electrical intake. There was a very real danger that a heavy downpour could lead to significant damage to the electrics and potentially leave the whole site, including the inpatient unit, without power. Repairs to the roof had previously been undertaken but a long-term solution was needed.

“With water ingress to our Day Hospice the electricity supply and its positioning exposed us to a very real danger of losing our power to the whole site.  Additionally, our capacity was limited by the functionality of the system and how it was installed 36 years ago.” Ann Hedley, Head of Fundraising at the hospice. ­­­­­

The solution

CRASH channeled the professional expertise of our Corporate Patron Cundall to understand the options available for the electrical intake including relocating or leaving it in situ. It was decided that due to the condition of the timber framed building that the electrics were housed in, and its limited remaining lifespan, that the best option would be to relocate the electrics into the main hospice building.

How CRASH Corporate Patrons helped

CRASH Corporate Patrons, Arcadis, Bauder and Cundall came together to help deliver these projects. Cash grants were also awarded for each project which were only made possible thanks to the fantastic support of the construction industry’s fundraising efforts for CRASH. The grant awarded during the pandemic, gave the hospice the financial boost to complete the essential electric works and stay operational so they could maintain a high level of care to their patients.

The total value of support for the projects was an impressive £47,364.

  • £17,864 of assistance from CRASH Corporate Patrons donating professional services.
  • £7,500 cash grant awarded by CRASH for the conservatory roof.
  • £22,000 cash grant awarded by CRASH for the electrics..

The money and resources saved on professional expertise combined with the grants awarded, significantly reduced the financial burden on the hospice

The impact

“CRASH’s support with the electrics and the new conservatory roof has been key to the Hospice being able to continue providing care to our community at a time when they are most vulnerable. The conservatory allows patients and staff the enjoyment of looking out over open garden space. During Covid families have not been able to visit but they have been able to communicate and see each other because we have this safe area. For a patient to see their dog or their grandchildren playing on the grass, perhaps for the last time, is priceless. The increased capacity of the power supply and moving the electrics to a safe area has allowed us to continue using the Day Hospice. The very real and imminent danger of leaving them where they were would have meant closing it completely. It has future-proofed a major part of our operations and given everyone peace of mind. Without CRASH’s support we would not have been able to carry out this work. We are so grateful for their advice and expertise as well as their financial input.”

Ann Hedley

Head of Fundraising at Halton Haven Hospice

“Thank you to all our wonderful Corporate Patrons who helped deliver these important projects. Also, a very special thank you to all of our supporters whose fantastic fundraising has allowed us to award Halton Haven with cash grants. These grants meant this essential work could be completed much more quickly.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive at CRASH

“CRASH’s support with the electrics and the new conservatory roof has been key to the Hospice being able to continue providing care to our community at a time when they are most vulnerable. The conservatory allows patients and staff the enjoyment of looking out over open garden space. During Covid families have not been able to visit but they have been able to communicate and see each other because we have this safe area. For a patient to see their dog or their grandchildren playing on the grass, perhaps for the last time, is priceless. The increased capacity of the power supply and moving the electrics to a safe area has allowed us to continue using the Day Hospice. The very real and imminent danger of leaving them where they were would have meant closing it completely. It has future-proofed a major part of our operations and given everyone peace of mind. Without CRASH’s support we would not have been able to carry out this work. We are so grateful for their advice and expertise as well as their financial input.”

Ann Hedley

Head of Fundraising at Halton Haven Hospice

“Thank you to all our wonderful Corporate Patrons who helped deliver these important projects. Also, a very special thank you to all of our supporters whose fantastic fundraising has allowed us to award Halton Haven with cash grants. These grants meant this essential work could be completed much more quickly.”

Francesca Roberts

Chief Executive at CRASH

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