Hospital staff are raising funds for camp beds so families can stay with their loved ones approaching the end of their lives.
Ward 30 at the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital provides recliner chairs so relatives can stay next to their family member in their final hours.
However, staff will hold a Disco Fever night and a raffle next month to raise money to pay for camp beds so relatives can rest properly next to the people they love.
Staff nurse Millie Heeley said: “Some of our patients come to us for end of life care and relatives come to stay with them.
“We offer hospitality rooms for relatives off the ward but a lot of people don’t want to leave their family members and want to stay right next to them.
“We have recliner chairs but it’s not quite the same as lying down properly so we thought we would try and raise money for camp beds so people can be as close as possible but still get some rest.”
The ward raised more than £1,000 last year to pay for an ECG machine to help patients.
Julie Simpson, who volunteered on the oncology ward for four months before being offered a job as a health care assistant 18 months ago, came up with the idea to help patients and their families this year.
Helped by clinical supporter worker Sue Hemsworth, Julie has been collecting raffle prizes and donations to help raise as much money as possible for the camp beds.
She said: “We’ve got the hospitality suite but, to me, that defeats the purpose because the families want to be close to their loved one.
“I just thought camp beds would be a better idea because we’ve got them right here, as and when we need them, and we can store them when we don’t need them.”
The 1970s, 80s and 90s themed Disco Fever night will be held in the Kenilworth Suite at the Good Fellowship in Cottingham Road, Hull, on Friday, July 6.
Tickets costing £5 can be obtained from the Good Fellowship, from Ward 30 or at the door of the venue on the night.
Ward sister Hayley Butler said: “I’m really proud of the team for organizing another charity night. The overnight equipment will make such a difference to patients and their relatives on the ward.”