Last Wednesday, Cheeseman shared the I’m Cold You’re Hot Let’s Cuddle! Unisex Hot Shirt story of his determination to raise a palliative care bed – also known as the cuddle bed – to Bridgewater’s South Shore Regional Hospital. These very large beds are specially designed so that the patient’s family members can comfortably crawl into bed and even sleep with them.
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When her husband Rick passed away from cancer in August, Cheeseman wanted to cuddle him. He was in too much pain when that happened in his usual hospital bed. Her desire to make sure other families have a similar opportunity led her to create a fundraising campaign she calls Cuddles From Rick. Last week, a former Bridgewater resident and an anonymous donor were moved by her story proposing to value donations up to $ 10,000.
On Wednesday, the I’m Cold You’re Hot Let’s Cuddle! Unisex Hot Shirt South Shore Medical Services Foundation announced the campaign had received $ 22,250 in donations for the cuddly bed. She is also thinking of turning Cuddles From Rick into a province-wide initiative to provide palliative care beds to other hospitals in Nova Scotia.
Alison Clements, development officer at the South Shore Medical Services Foundation, said it was “astonishing” how quickly funding was being awarded for the cuddle bed initiative. She has been with Cheeseman, the board of directors of the South Shore Regional Hospital’s fund and palliative care department since September.
She describes raising the full amount for the cuddly bed in less than two weeks as “an extraordinary thing.” “The response to the Cuddles From Rick campaign was a beautiful whirlwind of kindness and compassion for Taff and her family. The heartbreaking beautiful picture she shared of her first cuddling with husband Rick struck a relationship with thousands of people, ”Clements said in an email.
Clements said the I’m Cold You’re Hot Let’s Cuddle! Unisex Hot Shirt palliative care division at South Shore Regional Hospital would submit a request for cupping beds to Nova Scotia Health, adding that the Medical Services Foundation will also sign to confirm that they have enough funds to cover the site. cover costs.
“Nova Scotia Health handles cuddly bed purchases with vendors. When the order was placed, I had heard of cuddly beds coming in as soon as eight weeks, ”Clements said. “We have to be realistic that we are in a global pandemic and that COVID-19 airflows may delay this but all elements are ready to have cuddly beds at the South Shore Regional into early 2021.