Mayor Of Featherstone 2017
The Mayor of Featherstone for 2017/2018 is Councillor Margaret Isherwood.
Councillor Margaret Isherwood has chosen to support The Prince of Wales Hospice during her year in office as Mayor of Featherstone by fundraising through collections and other activities. Funds raised by Councillor Isherwood will be used by The Prince of Wales Hospice to help the charity’s work to provide palliative care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
The Prince of Wales Hospice has been providing the ‘Five Towns’ area with complete specialist palliative care for over 25 years. The Hospice offers round the clock support, 365 days a year, to help people with incurable, life-limiting illnesses. Focusing on life, not death, patients, families and carers have positive experiences and are given exactly what they need to enjoy the very best quality of life.
Whilst medical treatment is at the heart of Hospice care, their dedicated team provides a wide range of services designed to improve a patient’s quality of life in all areas. The Hospice services include:
Incare unit – for people who need to stay a while in one of the Hospice’s 14 bedrooms. Last year 174 patients were admitted for an average stay of 10 days. About half of the patients are able to return home when they are stronger and their symptoms, like pain, are better controlled.
Day Therapy unit – for patients who are living relatively well at home and just need to visit one day a week.
Family care team – providing social, spiritual and bereavement support. The team ensures proper care packages, including equipment, are in place when a patient is discharged.
Complementary Therapy – Complementary therapies have been shown to help make life more comfortable for patients by promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. They offer a variety of treatments in the relaxing therapy rooms.
Lymphoedema clinic – last year 726 patients were helped with this painful swelling condition.
Advice Line – available 24 hours a day, the senior nurse on duty answers calls to assist healthcare professionals involved in the care of a patient with palliative care needs.
It costs over £3 million a year to keep the Hospice open. They receive around a third on average per year from the NHS, leaving a large percentage of the running costs that need to be fund raised. This is a huge task, but they do this through charity shops and a combination of fund raising events, community and corporate donations and grants from charitable trusts.
The Mayor Councillor Margaret Isherwood has set up a JustGiving page. If you would like to donate please visit:-
The Deputy Mayor Of Featherstone is Claire Woodhead