Eighties singing star Hazel O’Connor has lent her support to a fund-raising appeal for more nurses at local hospices.
The Myton hospices that are located in Rugby, Coventry and Warwick offer essential free care to 2,000 people every year and depend on £7 million worth of donations annually.
One new nurse costs £30,000 a year and each nurse can care for an extra 43 patients. The appeal for more nurses is being run my BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and the managing editor of the radio station, Jeremy Pollock, said that he was sure that listeners would offer as much help as they could.
He said: “It’s a cause very close to the heart of thousands of people across Coventry and Warwickshire. We’re confident our listeners will get behind the Myton nurse appeal – our first target is £30k which will recruit and train one nurse.”
The cause if close to Hazel’s heart as both her mother and stepfather spent time at the hospices after they were diagnosed with cancer.
“Staff try to make you feel that life is continuing,” she said. “Here it’s about living, about the moment and about every single moment mattering and that’s what they taught me.”
Myton’s chief executive, Kate Lee, said the nurses offer individual care and attention for each patient.
“They’re the most amazing bunch of people,” she said. “It’s a very tough job to be able to make every single patient feel special.
“We’d always like to be able to give lots of one-to-one time – just one more nurse would make all the difference.”