League’s gift to cancer unit
CANCER patients locally will benefit from the purchase by the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital of the means of portable pain relief.
The Thursday before last’s meeting of the league’s general committee readily agreed to spend £13,962 on the purchase of 13 syringe drivers.
East Sussex Healthcare Trust put out a request to the Bexhill, Eastbourne and Conquest leagues for 39 drivers at a total cost of £34,905. The Bexhill league agreed to meet a third of this for the Trust’s corporate cancer services after hearing how the drivers will enable patients receiving palliative treatment to remain mobile and live their lives to the full.
The meeting also agreed to fund the £360 cost of an Omron M6 automatic blood pressure monitor for the community stroke rehabilitation team at Bexhill’s Irvine Unit. The device will support the team’s work in enabling patients to be discharged earlier from hospital with home support.
Outgoing treasurer Robin Barnett in his last committee report after 13 years of highly-valued service before handing over to his deputy, Chris Ashford, described a “golden decade.”
He told colleagues: “I have been privileged to be the treasurer of the League of Friends and to have been responsible for the safe keeping of funds during a golden decade of substantial legacies, which have enabled our reserves to reach almost £3m, while at the same time enabling us to spend millions on facilities to assist medical staff and to improve patients’ treatment.”
The treasurer had been warning the committee for some time that income from legacies is much lower than previously.
“This year we have received £60,582 in legacies. There is about £87,000 in the pipeline, boosted recently by information about a legacy of about £50,000…There are also two Trust Funds in our favour.”
He had been in discussion with the league’s solicitor about a further legacy of £23,385.
The treasurer thanked committee member Audrey Kerr, who reported that this year’s collection outside Sainsbury’s store had raised £748.81 and that league support at GP ‘flu clinics, which includes provision of tea and coffee, a raffle and the sale of Christmas cards, had raised £537.28
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