Trust thanks community for donations
03/10/2014The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has spent over half a million pounds of voluntary donations and gifts during the year ended 31 March 2014.
Non-Executive Director Hetty Kelly, who is also Chair of the Trust’s Endowments and Gifts Committee, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to thank our local community for the donations and gifts they have generously made to our hospital wards, day care centres and short break residential units. Patients and clients have benefitted as we can buy things that we would otherwise be unable to purchase such as televisions for wards and patient areas, flasks for refreshments and other items.”
Endowments and Gifts funds are used on items to ensure patient comfort and extra equipment to enhance safe and quality care.
“Every donation to our facilities and services is heartfelt and significant to the donor and the recipient,” Mrs Kelly adds. “Donations provided to the Trust include Armagh Down Creamery which raised £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Nursing, Glenpac Bacon which raised £200 for the Special Care Baby Unit, and Ulster Carpets which donated £39,299.40 to the Maternity Ward at Craigavon Area Hospital.
“Smaller donations of less than £75 to the Neonatal Unit included those from Sandra Emerson, Eleanor Pepper, Niamh O’Hanlon and Gail McGurnaghan. These donations have been spent on furniture and other equipment for the parents’ rooms. I would like to acknowledge everyone who has provided gifts and donations.
“There were numerous donations in memory of family members which have gone directly to facilities including day centres for adults with learning disabilities and older people, and children and young people’s services.”
Hetty Kelly, Non-Executive Director at the Southern Trust and Chair of its Endowments and Gifts Committee, with (back row) John Stewart, Chairman, Mid-Ulster Drumming Association from Coagh; Jim McIntyre, Treasurer, Mid-Ulster Drumming Association; (front row) Raymond Crooks, Member of Mid-Ulster Drumming Association; Reuben Crooks; and Tracey McArdle, Administrative Assistant, Cancer Services