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Right Arrow Heartbeat's David Lonsdale supports hospital fund raising
19 August 2010 at 16:47

Local actor David Lonsdale, star of ITV's Heartbeat, lent his support to the medical/oncology day unit at Southport & Formby District General Hospital in their bid to raise £150,000 for a new garden room for patients. He came along to the unit's garden party on Friday 6th August to draw the raffle, and was a great hit with the patients and friends who attended.

Sister Sarah Cox of the unit thanked David for coming at very short notice, "I was talking to one of our patients the day before the garden party and she said she was a friend of David and before I knew it she was on the phone to him and he kindly agreed to come along to give us his support.

"The garden party raised £2,500, and I want to thank everyone who contributed to making it a great success; all our staff, our patients who brought in raffle prizes or cakes or gifts for the Tombola and of course everyone who came along and supported us.

"We want to raise the money to build a garden room for those patients who have to be with us for a long time, often most of the day, while they are receiving their treatment and waiting for results. We want to be able to provide them with more comfortable area and seating for them to relax in, as often they will only just have had an operation or are in the middle of chemotherapy or radiotherapy and sitting in an upright chair can be uncomfortable.

"Because we are a hospital we have much stricter regulations to comply with, which is why the room is costing so much. We have been promised some money by the hospital, and from local charities, but with the current climate that is not yet guaranteed, so we are trying to raise as much as we can ourselves. We have fortunately been given money over the years and we have dipped into that so we have around £30,000 so far, but we have a long way to go."

The funds also received a boost at the garden party when the family and friends of one of the unit's patients, Jane Horner who had raised money through a Hollywood Party donated a cheque for £3,500. They also presented a cheque for the same amount to Trish Watkins, one of the hospital's breast cancer nurses, for the breast cancer charity Lift Up.

Those who attended the garden party were not only able to try thier hand at the usual tombola, bottle stall and 'guess the weight of the cake' stalls, but were also entertained by Cecily Rudge and Bernice Winstone from the Aughton and Ormskirk U3A keyboard club. Bernice had just started to learn the piano when she got cancer and had to come to the unit for chemotherapy. "I found leaning to play was really therapeutic during that time," she said, "so when we heard about the garden party Cecily and I offered our services to provide a little light music."

If anyone would like to make a donation to the medical day unit to help with their fundraising they can contact Sister Sarah Cox or Sister Julie Marshall on 01704 704221.

Notes to Editors

First picture shows David Lonsdale with staff nurse Pauline Westgate drawing the raffle.

Second picture shows Cecily Rudge and Bernice Winstone

 
Third picture shows (l to r) Trish Watkins (breast nurse) , Jane Horner, Jenny Maguire, Phil Horner and Julie Marshall, Senior Sister, MDU, receiving the cheque.

Fourth picture shows Sister Sarah Cox


 

 

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk