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Name: The Mayor of Kirklees

The Mayor of Kirklees

Last year, we were delighted to find out that the former Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe, had chosen Kirkwood as one of her charities during her year in office. All the money raised by The Mayor’s Charity Fundraising Appeal will help to provide important training for our Community Nurse Specialists.

Between May 2018 and May 2019, Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe, and her Charity Challenge Appeal team set themselves the goal of raising a phenomenal £20,000 for their two chosen charities; Kirkwood Hospice and the RSPCA.

Thanks to the amazing backing of the Kirklees community and some fabulous fundraising events along the way, the team have achieved their target. With lots of events taking place throughout the year, including a Best of British Evening, a Taste of Christmas show, bucket collections, Friday Feast, a Charity Walk for Peace and a dog show - ‘Paws for a Cause’ - it has been a busy year!

Gwen was inspired to raise funds for our Community Specialist Nurses after hearing about the care and support the team provide in local communities across Kirklees. All the monies raised will help members of our Community team train to become qualified Nurse Prescribers.

Kirkwood’s Nurse Prescribers will be able to prescribe some of the medications most often needed in end of life care when visiting their patients at home. This will mean that our patients will get some prescriptions immediately, without having to wait for a GP to do it. Families will then be able to go to a local chemist to obtain the medications, reducing the time that it usually takes to get newly prescribed medications. By supporting our Community team in this way, Gwen hopes to leave a lasting legacy.

She said: “In the perfect end, I’m sure most would wish to die at home. I recently listened to a piece on the radio during Dying Matters Week, with the emphasis on Hospice at Home.

 “A lady told how she was dying from liver cancer and talked about not wanting to spend her last few days and hours being rushed into A&E, or dying in a beige room. “Friends and family had decorated her bedroom her favourite colour of blue, so that she could leave this life surrounded by her own personal belongings with family and friends together. “I want to reach out to ALL communities to think about the needs of people at the end of their lives, and what we can do to help."

We are looking forward to seeing Gwen and her Charity Appeal Team again over the coming months. Keep a look out for more on Gwen's story. 

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