A new appeal has been launched to help fund 100 Electric Profiling Beds to replace old manual ones still in use at Musgrove.

The League of Friends is appealing to the public to help fund the beds which cost £250,000 in total.

We already have £150,000 thanks to generous donations and legacies.

Now we need your help to raise the last £100,000.

Could you ask your friends, work colleagues, club or village to get together to buy a bed for our Into Bed Appeal? Everyone knows how important it is to have a comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep!

How about organising a sleep-under-the-stars challenge, or a pyjama party? Or help with our bed push next spring.

Electric Profiling Beds make moving position easier, with less risk of pressure damage to patients. Some people can reposition themselves independently, which reduces patient handling by nurses and therapists, lowering the risk of injury to staff. The right bed can enhance the quality of life for the patient and reduce other potential complications caused by immobility.

Profiling beds have bases in 4 sections to achieve various positions and are controlled by a bedside handset. The bed height can also be adjusted. Older style beds are hydraulic, operated by a foot pump, with a flat base and manual pull-out backrest. Some patients slip down when sitting in bed and have difficulty readjusting their position without help, which can lead to pressure damage.

Beds for some patients need special mattresses, so if you can’t manage a whole bed, could you pick something else off our shopping list to make patients more comfortable in bed?

Into Bed Shopping List

  • An electric profiling bed complete with mattress at £2,500
  • A special turning mattress at £500
  • A normal mattress at £100
  • An air mattress at £50
  • 2 air cushions at £20

Please could you ask your friends, work colleagues, club or village to get together to sponsor a bed for our Into Bed Appeal? Everyone knows how important it is to have a comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep!

  • Could you hold a pyjama party? (Sounds fun!)
  • You could suggest to your friends and family that they help fund a special Electric Profiling bed instead of giving you a Birthday or Anniversary present.
  • You could help with our bed push next spring!

Let us know what else you decide to do – and please send us your photos!

See our donation page to donate to the Into Bed Appeal.