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Raising the bar for A&E refurb
Six members of the building society, whose headquarters are in Pipers Way, took part in a charity abseil on May 18, from the top of the hospital building.
Louise Abrey, Emily Scard, Claire Iddenden, Harriet Highton-Green, Leanne Berrisford and Neil Bromley all took the plunge and raised £1,020 for the refurbishment of the ED which started on August 14.
As well as the money raised by the group, Nationwide have also donated £500 towards the cause.
Even though the refurbishment of the ED is funded by the trust budget, so the money is committed to fulfil that revamp, money is still required to provide some added extras to make the whole experience even better.
The charitable fund, Brighter Futures, which raises money for the whole trust has been asked to raise as much money as possible to provide items like a flat screen TV in the children’s waiting area, iPads with games to play on, a child friendly refreshment stand and children’s chairs.
Emily Scard said: “We are allowed two days volunteering a year where we go out and raise money through Nationwide and the idea is to give something back to the community.
“It was nerve-wracking when you are just going over the ledge but it was a good experience.
“I think it is a great cause to be raising money for and it is good to support the local community.”
Mum-of-one Louise Abrey, who took part in the abseil, is supporting the appeal to raise money for the ED after having to take her son Harry to hospital with a fever.
She said: “I took Harry there with a very high temperature and I didn’t know what was wrong. When I was waiting with him we were just sat there with everybody else and there is nothing at the moment for the children to keep them occupied.
“I think the children would be a bit more comfortable if they had their own waiting area and it would make it a bit easier for the parents. It was a good thing to fundraise for because it’s something we will be able to see when the new building is complete.”
Fundraising manager Hannah Persaud said:“The charitable fund uses donations to invest in additional equipment that might not be covered by the trust budget, so it’s not essential equipment but it could be a piece of equipment that we want to pilot and see if it will be useful to roll out in the future.
“It also goes towards improvements to environment, so investment in patient waiting areas to make their experience more comfortable or investments in new ways of communicating with patients to make the whole process more efficient and reduce waiting lists. So there is a whole host of ways that the charitable fund does benefit patients.”
The hospital has another charity abseil coming up on December 7 and 8 which is being organised with Action For Children, who support vulnerable children across the UK.
The money is going to be split equally between money for the children’s emergency department area and Action for Children. For more information contact Hannah Persaud on 01793 605631.
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How to help
IF you would like to make a donation to the cause, visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/GWH-ED-Appeal or text GWED50 with your amount to 70070. People can also claim gift aid at no extra cost.
Alternatively people can also donate by cheque, make a donation in person at cashiers office on ground floor, and finally email or call the fundraising manager Hannah Persaud to talk about other ways to fundraise on 01793 605631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques can be made out to Great Western Hospital and sent to Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Department, Trust HQ, Floor 2, Great Western Hospital,Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB.
We would like to hear from any parents who have had experience of the department with their children. Email us your stories at email@example.com, tweet us at @swindonadver or call 01793 501794.
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