This is how we make the difference.

We have worked on many projects over the years, here are some of the projects that we are proud to have supported.

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the margaret Kerr unit

The Margaret Kerr Unit was fully funded by charitable donations.  We received a generous legacy from Nurse Margaret Kerr which inspired the appeal to build a specialist palliative care facility in the Borders.  Thanks to the generosity of the Borders' public in raising the 'final million' we raised  the full sum of £4.1 million to build the Margaret Kerr Unit which opened in January 2013.

We have eight comfortable rooms with spaces and gardens for patients, families and friends to relax and receive support.

The Unit continues to be well supported. Donations to The Margaret Kerr Unit and Palliative Care fund are used to:

  • make improvements in the garden
  • provide artwork throughout the Unit
  • assist with patient transport costs
  • provide complimentary therapies
  • provide free tea and coffee
  • develop palliative care services throughout the hospital and community setting

Click here for more information on the Unit. 

If you want to contact the Unit regarding a patient, call 01896 827919.

If you want to speak to someone about making a donation or fundraising for the Unit. Contact the fundraising team on 01896 825520.

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borders dialysis unit

In 2009, the Kidney Dialysis Appeal originally set out to raise £120,000 to support the expansion of the Dialysis Unit at the Borders General Hospital.

Thanks to the exceptional generosity of the people of the Borders, including dialysis patients and their friends and family, we raised £250,000.  The new Unit opened in 2011 and is a light bright space, with comfortable treatment chairs for patients and TVs at each bedside.  

Haemodialysis treatment sessions take around four hours three times weekly.  This is a large amount of time to spend in one place, so fundraising hasn't stopped at the appeal. The team now use donations to provide art materials for activities, iPads, magazine subscriptions and exercise equipment.

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birthing pool

In 2009, the difference ran an appeal to raise £9000 to purchase a new birthing pool for the Labour Ward in the Maternity Unit at Borders General Hospital.

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60 years of the nhs

In 2008, NHS Borders celebrated 60 years of the NHS.  The 60th anniversary appeal was launched to raise £20,000 for a  number of projects that promoted health and well being and provided life enhancing resources to patients in the community. In the end, £27,000 was raised!