Sophie Peckford has baked her share of cupcakes for Friday tea for palliative care patients at Western Memorial over the past three years.
It’s part of her desire to give back to the community she calls home. She also makes regular visits to patients at the long-term care centre in Corner Brook.
The 17-year-old Level 3 student at Corner Brook Regional High is now taking on the task of doing something even more meaningful.
Peckford is the driving force behind the Cuddle Bed Project.
She is hoping to raise $10,000 to purchase a cuddle bed for the palliative care unit at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
A cuddle bed is simply a larger hospital bed that can fit two people comfortably so that somebody who is in palliative care can have a loved one like a spouse or child lie with them.
According to Peckford, a cuddle bed costs in the vicinity of $18,000, but her target goal is only set at $10,000 because Western Memorial has agreed to cover the amount in excess of $10,000.
Peckford read an article earlier this year about a hospital in central Newfoundland having a cuddle bed on site. She was curious about whether or not there was one on site at Western Memorial and discovered there wasn’t one.
“I thought it would be a good addition to the unit so I decided to start this project,” she said.
A concert, with local entertainment, is in the works for February and it will serve as the main fundraiser for the project, even though Peckford has already been talking to people who are considering organizing their own events to help raise the target goal required to buy it.