Borders tea party ‘take two’ raises £2000 for PATCH

Friends of PATCH in the Borders held another successful tea party in aid of the charity. In addition to some wonderful baking, there was a raffle, sale of designer clothes and sale of hand-knitted tea cosies.

News release – 26 September 2017 – On the 21st September, following the success of last year’s event, the Friends of PATCH in the Borders raised nearly £2000 by hosting a very successful tea party. The party was hosted by Denise and Graeme Brebner at Sorrowlessfield Farm, Earlston, where a delicious spread of sandwiches and home-made cakes were appreciated by all who attended.

Mrs Helen Legge, Chair of the Friends of PATCH in the Borders, introduced those who attended to the team of local Friends. Helen explained:

“The aim of PATCH is to ensure that patients in hospital who are very ill and may be dying, get the same sort of care they and their families would get in a hospice.”

So far in 2017, PATCH has funded 9 hospital nurses from the Borders General Hospital and from Kelso and Duns community hospitals to have additional palliative care training. This specialist palliative care training is a collaboration between the Margaret Kerr Unit, St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh and the NHS in the Borders. More funding will allow more nurses to receive this training.

We are so grateful to all the Friends of PATCH for all their hard work in staging the tea party, including the gentlemen who remained on good terms after erecting a marquee in the rain!

The funds raised at the tea party will be used in the Borders and in addition to the enhanced palliative care training, it is hoped that we will purchase a pull down bed in one of our community hospitals, so that a friend or member of family of a patient who is dying may spend the night.

When a group of people decide to help our charity, good things really do happen!

Dr Pamela Levack, Medical Director of PATCH