The League Of Friends Of The Rye Wincelsea & District Memorial Hospital

   What We Do With Your Money

The management committee of the League has been busy spending the money raised from the community for the community.

In the last few months they have bought a specialist walking aid to be used by the new Occupational and Physiotherapy departments as well by staff on the wards. In addition they have provided three very expensive medical mattresses and have also funded the purchase of a new television to replace one that has been damaged. Following the recent upgrade and decoration of the hospital the League provided all the new flat screen televisions in the wards.

The total cost of the recent purchases is well over £9,000. In addition the League, following its tradition of supporting organisations associated with the care of patients at the hospital or in the community, made small donations totalling almost £1,000 to assist with Christmas celebrations.

Members were also happy to assist ARRCC settle into their new premises by funding the £1,400 cost of providing a ramp to give wheelchair access from the building into their garden.

Although they take the precaution of holding some funds in case of urgent requests, they do like to see the money you entrust to them used for the purposes for which it was given and not just held in a bank account.

Remember, the Hospital in not an NHS facility but our own Hospital, owned and managed as a Charity by local people for local people. The staff are employed and managed by the NHS but all other costs are met by the Charity. They hope you can see from that, just how essential is the money they receive from the community.

The most recent donation has been of a slightly different nature but in keeping with their support of organisations providing essential medial care to our community.

The League was approached by the newly formed Rother Responders to help fund the expensive first aid kits they carry. They include a state of the art defibrillator. The Responders are volunteers whose role it is to support the Ambulance Service. Much like the police have special constables and the fire service have retained fire-fighters. They will be directed by the Ambulance Service Control to provide a local response to calls for assistance in the hope they will be able to provide the essential early treatment, necessary in many cases. This is not an alternative to the Ambulance Service attending but an addition to it.

The League was very happy to provide two first aid kits which, together, cost £2,800.

The photograph shows Chris Fairman, the Chairman of the League of Friends, presenting a cheque to Jon Padovani the Team Leader for the Responders together with some of his enthusiastic colleagues and their equally enthusiastic young supporters.

Chris Fairman, the Chairman of the League of Friends.

From the May 2013 “Rye’s Own”

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