STAFF at Bolton Hospice are looking to raise £1,600 to buy new equipment for the in-patient unit.

The funds would secure two new IV pumps which would help medics provide the best care for patients.

Staff hoped to use Tuesday to generate funds, using thesocial media hashtag #GivingTuesday to try to encourage people to donate.

A hospice spokesman said: “Updating our IV pumps will help our patients have timely access to IV treatment they may require as an in-patient.

“These pumps follow up-to-date infection control guidelines and will help our registered nurses provide the best evidence-based practice at a time of need.

“Our current therapies within palliative care at the hospice requires more updated technology and equipment that is fit for purpose.

“Gaining access to these pumps will enhance the care we deliver at Bolton Hospice and make a huge difference to our patients and their families requiring blood transfusions and other IV therapies.”

The unit currently has 16 rooms for those that may need care. Up to 40 per cent of in-patients return home after receiving palliative care. Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so via the hospice’s Facebook page.