Pop-up cafe raises awareness of Ashgate Hospice’s £1m bed appeal

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Ashgate Hospice launched a pop-up ‘Bed Café’ during National Bed Month to promote how much a good night’s sleep means and how important it is for the hospice to provide a comfortable bed for their patients.

Ashgate Hospice launched a pop-up ‘Bed Café’ during National Bed Month to promote how much a good night’s sleep means and how important it is for the hospice to provide a comfortable bed for their patients.

Visitors to the pop-up cafe in Chesterfield’s Pavements shopping centre were greeted by hospice staff and volunteers who talked about their ongoing urgent bed appeal.

Last year to meet increasing requirement, the number of inpatient beds at the hospice rose from 17 to 21. Ashgate Hospicecare need to raise an additional £1m to keep the inpatient beds open at one of the largest hospices in theUK.

Extra staff have been recruited to keep these beds open and improvements need to be made to the three bedded bays, including the addition of en-suite bathrooms to each bay to ensure patients’ dignity and privacy is maintained.

The hospice provides specialist care and treatment for people with any life-limiting illness, as well as emotional, spiritual and practical support for patients and their families.

During the course of the pop-up cafe, which was open for three days last month, tea, coffee and cake was served in return for donations. This raised a total of £355.41 towards the appeal.