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Hospital gets by with a little help from its friends

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

League of Friends chairman Pauline Spratt was joined by (from left) chairman of South Derbyshire District Council Pat Murray, South Derbyshire’s MP Heather Wheeler and Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths as the equipment was handed over.

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EQUIPMENT worth an astonishing £70,000 has been donated to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital after a busy year of fund-raising from a group of dedicated volunteers.

The array of items, which will all help to improve patients’ stay at the unit, was paid for by cash raised by the Burton Hospitals League of Friends, which host regular events across the town.

The group chose National Volunteers Week to hand over the equipment, which included a P-pod chair, which allows a child with disabilities to sit up, and hydroflex chairs for patients who have suffered a stroke.

League of Friends chairman Pauline Spratt said: “We are very grateful to relatives who donate money and to other groups who fund-raise for us but there is always more that we can do – this past year we have averaged nearly £6,000 in donations every month.

“Any donations are placed in the area of their choice and we can guarantee that they will be used for that purpose.”

The Burton Hospital League of Friends is also on the hunt for new members, with anyone interested in joining asked to call a member of the team on 01283 566333.

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