The Friends of Bexhill Hospital raise £330k to pay for equipment


Fundraising group The Friends of Bexhill Hospital are celebrating a bumper year during which time it donated more than £350,000 to the local NHS last year to pay for specialist equipment.

The Friends will hold its annual general meeting next week, on Wednesday April 23, during which volunteers will outline in full the contribution made by the charity to Bexhill Hospital.

In total the group has funded vital hospital equipment worth more than £361,570 which has helped locals in need of specialist care.

The list includes a £180,000 spent to help kit out the site’s new age-related macular degeneration eye clinic and £78,000 for a high-end ultrasound system.

Other substantial Friends’ donations included £60,425 for laryngoscopes, £20,790 for a Sonosite Nerve Ultrasound machine and £13,202 for Hemotion therapy chairs for the hospital’s Renal Dialysis Unit.

Each and every donation – be it large or small – has been hugely appreciated by staff and management at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Bexhill Hospital. And the trust’s finance director Vanessa Harris will be the guest speaker at the AGM, which gets underway at 3pm.

Bexhill mayor Councillor Frances Winterborn will also be in attendance.

A grateful Stuart Welling, the current chairman East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, wanted to put on record the trust’s thanks to the Friends ahead of next week’s meeting.

He told the Observer: “We are extremely grateful for the continued generosity of the Friends of Bexhill Hospital.

“Their support last year, as in previous years, is greatly appreciated.

“The fundraising ability of the Friends is truly amazing thanks in mainly to kindness and generosity of the people of Bexhill.

“It shows the great affection Bexhillians have towards the hospital.

“The money raised has gone towards new equipment and service developments which benefits patients and local people.”

The hospital in Holliers Hill has a long history of being helped by public donations and financial support from the Friends group.

In fact the hospital was built back in the 1930s after a flurry of donations – with locals flocking to sponsor bricks used to build the site.