Save The Chester Childbirth Appeal Café
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE THE COMFORT ZONE SHOP & CAFÉ, AT THE COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL, WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN JUST 9 WEEKS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS, AFTER 16 YEARS PROVIDING LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF CHESTER, OFTEN IN THEIR WORST HOURS ALIVE, IN MANY CASES AFTER THE TERRIBLE NEWS OF THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILD OR CHILDREN.
THIS CAFÉ IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THE CHESTER CHILDBIRTH APPEAL CHARITY, WHICH HAS DONATED OVER £2M FOR SERVICES TO PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITAL OVER THE YEARS.
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The Comfort Zone shop & café, which raises much needed funds for Chester Childbirth Appeal has been given notice to quit by the Countess of Chester NHS Trust board by Monday 16th January 2017.
Former midwife-tutor Pat Daniels MBE founded the charity in 1991 and since then has raised in the region of £2million for services to patients and their families, much of it through the café and shop.
Pat Daniels said,
“Our shop employs 16 people as well as dozens of volunteers. We also provide work experience placements and help Duke of Edinburgh Award participants as well as several volunteers with extra support needs. Without the Comfort Zone we would not be able to pay for much needed help for the Women and Children’s. We have also given £50,000 to the hospital’s own Babygrow Appeal. All this would be lost if the Comfort Zone is taken away from us.
We are currently taking legal advice as we have been running the Comfort Zone for 16 years and believe we may have some rights to stay. In the first instance we would hope that the hospital would accept a market rent which we are more than willing to pay. If we cannot reach agreement on a rent we will be mounting a massive campaign to stay. We know that we have the support of many people in the wider community, many of whom have been patients at the Countess.”
Please share this press release with everyone you know in Chester and ask them to support us in our campaign.
TO OFFER YOUR SUPPORT OR JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN, PLEASE CONTACT PAT DANIELS ON: 01244 350755 / 07774753418
- Chief Finance Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital
Debbie O'Neill (Chief Finance Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital)
- Medical Director, Countess of Chester Hospital
Mr Ian Harvey (Medical Director, Countess of Chester Hospital)
- Chief Executive, Countess of Chester Hospital
Sir Duncan Nichol CBE
- Interim Chief Finance Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital
- Alison Kelly
- Sue Hodkinson
Over the past 16 years, the Chester Childbirth Appeal Café & Shop has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which has been used to improve the facilities of the Countess of Chester Hospital, in areas where normal NHS budgets would not stretch to, these areas and facilities have given comfort and space in which patients can recover, and heal, both physically and mentally. But more importantly the café itself, has offered support, kindness and comfort to the people of Chester during the worst hours of their lives, many after receiving the terrible news that they have sadly lost their child or even children.
The comfort which the charity's volunteers and staff provide in these terrible circumstances to the people of Chester, should not be underestimated.
The relationships that have been created between the staff and the people of Chester in this café, should not be underestimated either, and i fully support the campaign to save this very important funding stream for this local charity, please don't force this charity café and shop to close.
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