We are appealing for support to help complete the final stage of the room transformation on our Inpatient Unit.

11 of the 18 rooms have already been renovated on the Unit, which is located at our site in Compton and provides 24-hour expert care, treatment and support to people living with a life limiting condition in the local community.

But the support of the local community is needed again for our Home Away from Home Appeal, which will help fund the renovation of the remaining seven rooms. This vital work is essential in creating a more modern, therapeutic and peaceful environment for patients and their families, when they need it most.

The refurbished rooms now include features such as practical panelling and calming décor to create a visually less clinical environment, as well as modern, interactive technology allowing patients to stay connected to family and friends at any time of the day or night.

The renovated rooms also feature fridge/freezers, allowing patients to keep chilled and frozen food and drinks at their bedside. This will make a huge difference to patients and loved ones according to Helen Tottey, whose mum, Sue, was cared for by Compton Care last year.

While staying on the Inpatient Unit, Sue would often want ice lollies or ice cubes to help manage her symptoms. While these were always readily available from staff on the Inpatient Unit, Sue felt that a fridge/freezer in each room would be really beneficial. On hearing about the room renovations, Helen was keen to support and ensure that individual fridge/freezers in each room became a reality.

Helen said: “We could not be more grateful for the care Mum received from Compton, but one of the things Mum picked up on was how nice it would be to have her own access to cold drinks, ice and ice lollies. We decided we’d like to raise money for the fridges in Mum’s memory and to benefit future patients.”

Helen’s family and friends helped her raise more than £3,500, which has been used fund a fridge/freezer in each room. Helen was invited to the Inpatient Unit to see the completed rooms.

Helen continued:

“I got quite emotional when I came in. I think it is incredible what has been achieved so far and will make such a difference. The fridge/freezers are a relatively little thing, but I think they are a little thing that mean a lot.”

Rachel Overfield, Chief Executive Officer at Compton Care, added: “Thanks to everyone who has supported our Home Away from Home Appeal so far. The renovation of the rooms on our Inpatient Unit means we are able to provide the same expert clinical care, but in calm, homely surroundings designed to have a positive impact on wellbeing and symptom management.”

Rachel concluded:

“The renovation work would not have been possible without the generosity our supporters have already shown and while significant progress has been made, we have re-launched our Appeal to complete the transformation of all 18 rooms on our Inpatient Unit into sanctuaries of solace and support for patients and their families.”

If you can, please help us complete the transformation and make a donation to our Home Away from Home Appeal.