During this Festival The Whisky Shop Dufftown's nominated charity was The Oaks in Elgin. It is a palliative care centre and you do not have speak to many people here on Speyside before you find some one who has a friend, a relative, a neighbour or even themselves who has benefited from the great work that The Oaks does, Some further information about this organisation is below.
We donated £5 from the ticket price of our "It Started with a Big Dram" event, we had a honesty bottle where people could take a free dram but we asked them to make a donation and we also made collections at some of our events. A very big thank you to all that donated in which ever form. Our total currently stands at £400! Thank you all again.
In 1997 the Hospice in Moray (H.I.M) steering committee published their proposals for a day hospice in Moray. The efforts of the (H.I.M) campaign have been the key to the progress of this development. In 1998, the Scottish Feedback Action Research report was published. One of its key recommendations was the provision of a day hospice/resource centre in Moray. There followed the establishment of a Grampian Health Board Working Group to put together proposals for improving cancer and palliative services in Moray and look at issues around setting up of a day hospice.
Macmillan Cancer relief raised 2.2 million pounds, which covered the cost of establishing The Oaks Palliative Care Day Centre. Upon completion of the building in 2003, The Oaks was 'handed over' to NHS Grampian, which has full control and management of the day centre. The Moray Hospice Steering Group, then became known as Friends of The Oaks .
The Oaks opened on 2nd June 2003 and officially was opened by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay on 5th August 2003.
The Oaks Aims and Objectives
- To develop further the existing supportive and palliative care services for Moray, focusing on enabling people with cancer and other progressive illnesses to live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities.
- To reduce the need for admission of patients to hospital.
- To provide special palliative care in a day unit setting.
- To provide other care and treatments in an out-patient setting.
- To be actively involved in the rehabilitation of patients, where appropriate.
- To provide a range of activities to suit individual needs and abilities.
- To provide psychosocial & spiritual support to patients and their carers.
- To provide access to specialist staff, including medical, nursing and AHPs.
- To offer respite to carers.
- To improve communication and liaison between Primary Care and Specialist Palliative Care
- To provide information on cancer to patients, their carers, the general public and health care professionals.