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Organ Donation & COVID-19 Memorial Gardens

by LancHospCharity in Fulwood, England, United Kingdom

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th October 2020 at 11:59pm

Remembering lives lost during the COVID19 pandemic as well as raising the profile of organ donation in remembrance of those who have donated

by LancHospCharity in Fulwood, England, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Here at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, we are dedicated to making a difference to the thousands of patients treated at our hospitals every year.

Incredible things are happening across our hospitals each and every day, but there will always be a need for those added extras that can make all the difference to our patients. This is where our charity comes in; we’ve made it our mission to help fund the items at our hospitals which are over and above what the NHS can provide.

We make this possible by raising vital funds to ensure our hospitals are equipped with the very latest in technology, enabling vital research and making our hospitals a little more comfortable for patients and their families.

With your support, we can ensure that the patients treated at our hospital have the best possible care, in the very best facilities.

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Our vision

We want to create a COVID-19 Memorial Garden which also provides a tribute to Organ Donors at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We aim to remember people who have given a gift of life, highlighting the  importance of organ and tissue donation across the region,  as well as to remember those who were sadly lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The memorial garden will be created at Royal Preston Hospital and will also provide extra space on site for contemplation and reflection to be used for the benefit of all staff and visitors.  

To be incorporated within the memorial garden is an elegantly designed metal tree sculpture, surrounded by seating, providing a beautiful memorial for those who recently lost their lives, or contributed to organ donation, as well as a calm and quiet setting for their family, friends, and loved ones to remember them in.

The memorial gardens will positively impact thousands of people as they serve to benefit all families who have been bereaved recently (through COVID-19) following the death of a family member residing in the region we cover, as well as those who have contributed to organ or tissue donation, or those who intend to do so in the future. Although there will clearly be a benefit to many local people, there may also be a benefit to those living further afield, with the likelihood that families and friends are more widespread, thus, the far reaching benefit of the project cannot be underestimated, considering the ripple effect of grief.

It is also hoped the memorial garden will help to improve mental and emotional wellbeing with research showing projects like this can help to improve mood and lower stress. Furthermore, memorial gardens can help with the grieving process, providing a safe space for families to come to terms with their loss.

Another fundamental anticipated outcome of the project is to raise the importance of organ and tissue donation and how this can help save many lives - individual donors have the potential to save up to 9 lives.

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We need you!

We really need your help to make this project a reality! It is anticipated that the project will benefit thousands of lives across Lancashire (and even beyond), making a huge difference for many years to come - and we would love you to be a part of this. 

The project is over and above NHS provision, but is an added extra that would really benefit those who have been recently bereaved following the loss of friends or family leaving a wonderful lasting tribute.

By supporting this project, you really will be making a positive, and visible impact, as well as touching the lives of many people throughout the region.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the project or about the charity itself, please feel free to email us at charity@lthtr.nhs.uk or give us a call on 01772 528500. We would love to speak with you!

Let's make 'Organ Donation & COVID-19 Memorial Gardens' happen

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