Posted on: 06 Apr 2023
On Wednesday 5th April 2023, we held a special cinema event for patients and their loved ones at Hayward House palliative care centre.
The event aimed to provide an enjoyable and memorable experience for patients and their families during their time in Hayward House.
It also marked one year since the launch of our Hayward House Appeal, and celebrated the appeal approaching its £600,000 milestone.
Guests enjoyed cinema-style popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix sweets and soft drinks while sitting down to share a screening of popular musical ‘The Greatest Showman’, which was shown on a big screen hired especially for the occasion.
Debbie Clay, Day Therapy Lead at Hayward House, said: “It’s been wonderful to welcome our patients to this special event, and have the opportunity to share some fun and laughter together.”
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re delighted to be able to put on the cinema event here at Hayward House. I’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far to the Hayward House Appeal, to help enhance the gardens and the centre, as well as provide special added extras like the cinema event, which bring a smile to the faces of patients and their loved ones.
“We are fast approaching the £600,000 mark, just over one year into our appeal, and that’s all thanks to the individuals, families and organisations across our local community who have supported us through fundraising, making a donation or leaving a gift in their Will.”
Hayward House is a unique home-from-home environment, where patients with life-limiting illnesses, including those at the end of their life, are cared for by a team of specialist staff trained in palliative care.
More than 1,000 patients are treated at the centre, at City Hospital, each year, including in outpatients clinics, on the inpatient unit, and at a special day therapy centre.
The £1.5 million Hayward House Appeal will help to fund a range of enhancements to the specialist palliative care unit, including improvements to the garden area, a more welcoming reception and waiting area, and an expansion of the centre’s research and training facilities.
Money raised through the appeal also funds ongoing services and support for patients, such as counselling, emotional support and complementary therapy.