Speaker Meeting 8th September 2014

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Mary Rose the Community and Events Fundraiser for Treetops Hospice to its speaker meeting at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook on Monday 8th September.

Mary spoke about the vision that everyone living within the community has access to Treetops and continued by speaking about the high quality care and support given.

Calley Cheetham had the vision to start a local hospice and in 1984 formed the Draycott Hospice Association and two years later they purchased the Treetops building at Risley which was renovated by many volunteers. In 1991 they started their day care service and three years later Treetops expanded further with their Hospice at Home. Then followed in 1997 their Bereavement support service and three years later their complimentary therapy which includes Reflexology, Reiki and patient massage.

Treetops is for local adults aged 18 and over facing serious illnesses. It is not just cancer. The service offers information and advice on any life-limiting condition, including: Heart failure, Lung conditions, Stroke, Cancer, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

In 2010 a new Day Care Unit was built and gave the Treetops guests a safe environment, assisted bathing, a midday meal and rest bite for carers. Last year they had 5068 day care attenders which works out at 25 guest each day.

In July this year the Cheetham Centre opened and it cost £800,000 to build with £600k from the department of health and £200k from Treetops fundraising. Mary spoke further about the facilities which includes one-to-one confidential sessions with a Bereavement support worker, five therapy rooms of which there are two for children.

The members heard details about the Treetops lottery, the 14 retail outlets and the coffee shop at the Magistrates Court in Nottingham.

Currently they have over 550 volunteers who have specific rolls. The Risley site covers over 12 acres. Over the past 10 years they have increased their service by 198% and all services are free. Treetops main fundraiser is the Moonlight 10 mile walk in Derby which raised £63k and 629 completed the route recently. Other events include their massive Car Boot Sales, Easter Egg Hunt, Tea for Treetops, and the Tour de Treetops which is a cycle route of 20 or 40 miles.

Mary spoke further about their 5 year plan and finished by inviting the members to their open day on 16th and 18th September.

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Stephan Woolley who said the club had always been pleased to support Treetops over many years and tonight we have all learned so much more on the wonderful facilities at Risley.


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