A press release issued in September 2010
THE volunteers of Leighton Hospital League of
Friends are celebrating a record year of fundraising in 2009/10.
More than £90,000 was donated to
the hospital by the League during the financial year, enabling 25
projects across various wards and departments to be completed.
The League of Friends has raised
more than £1.5million in total over its 36 years of working in, and for, the
In 2009/10, League-funded projects
n A gold-standard ultrasound machine for the Rheumatology Department;
n Four lead-lined room dividers and five intravenous trolleys for the
n A bladder scanner for the Emergency Assessment Unit;
n A vital
signs/cardiac monitor for the Emergency Assessment Unit;
n Medical equipment and patient comforts for the Labour
n Tables and chairs for ward day rooms; and
n A paging system within the Outpatients
Department for patients with hearing difficulties.
Most of the money is raised through
the hospital shop, which is run by the League. All the profits from the shop
are used to fund projects throughout the hospital.
There is also a sales
trolley which stocks many items from the shop and visits all the wards on a
daily basis, providing an invaluable and convenient service to patients and
Peter Andrews, former Chairman of the
League of Friends, said: "In addition to the shop, the League raises money
through a weekly sales table in the Outpatients Department waiting area
which, together with our coffee mornings, makes a real contribution to
League funds. We
also provide a book service to inpatients at
Leighton, which is always welcomed and valued by patients.
"My heartfelt thanks go out
to all of our volunteers and shop staff for their continued commitment and
hard work during the last financial year, which has made all these
On receiving the donation, Tracy
Bullock, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive for Mid-Cheshire
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Leighton Hospital, said: "I am
delighted to accept this staggering donation from our League of Friends.
"Everybody at the Trust is hugely grateful at the generosity shown
over the past 36 years. All of the money which the League has provided has
gone towards helping the Trust improve patient care and experience.
"On behalf of the Trust, I'd like
to say a massive thank you to everybody who has supported the League of
Friends and its volunteers over the past year."
Update: While still a member of the
League of Friends, Peter Andrews has been succeeded as Chairman by Janet
Farrell. The League no longer has a stall in the Outpatients Department.
Tracy Bullock is now the Chief Executive.