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CARE & CUDDLE: Northwood hospice nurse raises £36,000 for new cuddlebeds

 Published on: 7th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A palliative care nurse consultant at a Northwood hospice has raised £36,000 for two new cuddlebeds.

Jo Fernandes, who works at Michael Sobell House, took on a six-day sponsored horse ride in Spain, setting off on May 6 and covering 162 kilometres.

The money Jo raised has paid for two new cuddlebeds and several additional pressure-relieving mattresses.

Jo said: “The clue is in the name: innovation meets compassion. Starting as single patient bed to allow full nursing care, at the touch of a button, these ingenious beds widen to a double bed, allowing patients and their loved ones to come together for a cuddle. I have been a nurse for 35 years and in my long career, I have seen how profoundly human touch can comfort people at their most vulnerable times.”

Jo decided to fundraise for the beds after caring for a young mum, Priya.

Jo said: “Priya’s devoted husband, Dan, spent many days and nights beside her in a recliner chair. I clearly remember Dan’s words: ‘I’d give anything to be beside her, to cuddle her in a bed just one last time.’”

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