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Charity-minded biker’s not hairy anymore

POOLE motorcycle enthusiast Mark Pardy had a close call with some sheep shears during his latest fundraising for the Mac Unit hospice in Christchurch.

Mark, 60 and his fellow members of The Kinson Riders Group raised £1700 over six months through bucket collections and selling t-shirts and glow bands – and a charity shave and haircut with a difference.

Mark, who works for international engineering company IMI explained: “As a bike group we have supported Macmillan Caring Locally (MCL) the charity which supports the Macmillan Unit, for many years.

“My father Dennis Pardy was cared for in his last days at the Mac Unit and most members know someone who has been supported by the wonderful staff there, so we love to raise money for them whenever we can.”

Mark continued: “This summer, my boss at IMI Neil Bunning, heard about our fundraising and invited us to attend and fundraise at a huge music and entertainment event held by the company for its staff and their families, at the Big Sheep Experience in Bideford Devon.

“We went along and sold t-shirts and glow bands and collected money and I also found myself volunteering for a charity haircut.

“I had grown both my hair and goatee beard quite  long during lockdown and it seemed like a good idea. Although I didn’t realise at first that I would be having a haircut with sheep shears powered by a bicycle!

“Not surprisingly it was pretty painful and those shears got quite hot, so I was glad when it was all over! But it was certainly worth it to raise money for the unit’s work supporting so many people and their families each year.”

 

Mark and his fellow riders presented a cheque for the £1700 they had raised to Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally.

Neal said: “Mark and the rest of The Kinson Riders Group are fabulously generous people and we feel privileged to have had their backing over many years.

“We all had a great laugh when Mark described what he had been through for the sake of his ‘haircut’. But this just perfectly sums up the devotion he and his friends have for the Mac Unit. We would like to thank all the members for their outstanding support.”

The Kinson Riders Group will be holding their annual, fundraising Mistletoe Run on Sunday December 12th and would like to invite motorcyclists of any age and with any bike to join them. Riders – some dressed in festive fancy dress and with decorated bikes – meet at the Halfway Inn, Wareham BH20 5DU at 11am and pay a £5 donation before riding back together to Kinson Conservative Club for free hot drinks.

To donate to Macmillan Caring Locally or to start your own fundraising journey please visit: www.macmillanlocal.org

List of pharmacies 

 Pharmacy name and address

Phone Number

100 hour pharmacy

 Locality

Asda Pharmacy

St Pauls Road, Bournemouth,BH8 8DL

01202 298900

Yes

Bournemouth East

Castle Lane Pharmacy
482 Castle Lane West Bournemouth, BH8 9UD

01202 772110

Yes

Bournemouth West

Ferndown Pharmacy
487 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH22 9AG

01202 892666

Yes

East Dorset

Tesco Extra Pharmacy
Yarrow Road, Mannings Heath Poole, BH12 4NX

01202 457447 or 01202 367447

Yes

Parkstone

Asda Pharmacy
West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1JQ

01202 207000

Yes

Poole Central

Equipment – www.redcross.org.uk Is useful for wheelchairs and other equipment

Guide for people nearing end stage of life : https://intranet.rbch.nhs.uk/uploads/palliative/documents/What-to-Expect.pdf

Brief Drugs List for GPs

 

Pain/breathlessness:

Morphine sulphate 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative if taking PO or eGFR<30 – Oxycodone 1 – 2.5mg SC PRN (10mg in 1ml injection))

[Please take background opioid into account when prescribing doses for anticipatories]

Anxiety/distress:

Midazolam 2.5-5mg SC PRN (10mg in 2ml injection)

Secretions:

Glycopyrronium 200mcg SC PRN (600mcg in 3ml injection)

(alternative for secretions: Hyoscine Butylbromide 20mg/ml injection)

Nausea :

Levomepromazine 6.25mg SC PRN (25mg in 1ml injection)

(alternative for nausea: Haloperidol 1.5mg SC PRN (5mg in 1ml injection)

Water for injection

Dexamethasone 3.3mg SC OD-BD (equivalent to 4mg PO) if risk of steroid withdrawal/Addisons during terminal phase.

Day/Time Example Timetable
Monday - AM

9am MMU Ward Hand over; 9:30am Tour of MMU

10m Consultant Ward Round, MMU

Monday - PM

12pm Ward Nurses - syringe driver administration (treatment room)

1:30 Nursing Handover – MMU (ward office)

MMU – Admission Assessment(s) with ward doctor

Tuesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Community visiting with Specialist Nurse

Tuesday - PM

12:30 Journal Club – MMU (doctors office)

2pm Introduction to Patient and Family Support Team

3pm Introduction to Welfare and benefits Advisor

Wednesday - AM

9am Ward Hand over

9:20am Referrals Meeting on MMU

10am Consultant ward round - MMU

Wednesday - PM

2pm Doctor/Nurse Home Visit with Specialty Doctor

Thursday - AM

9:15am Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting on MMU

Thursday - PM

2pm Introduction to Palliative Rehabilitation with Physiotherapist

3pm Introduction to Complex Discharge Planning in terminal illness

Friday - AM

Hospital Palliative Care Team Ward Visits

Friday - PM

2pm Introduction to Personalised Care Plan for the Last Days of Life with End of Life Care Nurse

4pm Debrief / sign off