Pennine Acute Trust says thanks to MedEquip4Kids on its 30th birthday

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Pennine Acute Trust says thanks to MedEquip4Kids on its 30th birthday
09 June 2015

EIGHT years ago The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust started working with MedEquip4Kids, the children’s health charity that provides kids medical equipment and facilities for hospitals and community health teams.

Over that eight year period MedEquip4Kids has helped the Trust by donating over £400,000 worth of much needed additional medical equipment for children and young people in many different wards and departments across its four hospitals, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and Rochdale Infirmary.

The Trust would like to wish MedEquip4Kids many happy returns on its 30th birthday which will be celebrated on 11 June, as well as say a big thank you for everything the charity has done for the Trust and all the poorly children who have benefitted from its generosity.

John Jesky, Chairman at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“MedEquip4Kids does a huge amount of work across the country to make sure children get the best possible care when they are sick or injured and I consider it a great privilege to have worked with them at our hospitals and seen for myself what a great difference they make to people’s lives. I would like to say a huge thank you to MedEquip4Kids on behalf of the Trust and on behalf of our patients and I look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Shelley Owen, Charitable Fundraising Coordinator at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Since joining the Trust in January I have had the pleasure of working alongside MedEquip4Kids as they provide further support to children’s services across our hospitals. The volume of donations we have received from them over the years is truly overwhelming. I would like to thank those who have supported the work of MedEquip4Kids by giving so generously and congratulate the charity on reaching this remarkable milestone.”

In March this year the Trust officially thanked MedEquip4Kids for its contribution towards equipping the new emergency paediatric unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital (pictured).

MedEquip4Kids provided a variety of medical equipment, seating, toys and distraction items to make sure the hospital’s new purpose built facility was fully kitted out and child friendly. 

Over a year of fundraising saw A&E staff and their families organising bake sales, sponsored runs, a sponsored leg wax and even a trek to the Himalayas. The funds were also boosted by local groups and businesses.

Also in March MedEquip4Kids donated some new cognitive testing kits to the children’s HIV clinic at North Manchester General Hospital.

Staff were over the moon to receive the new set of specialist cognitive testing kits, worth in the region of £2,500, which were handed over to grateful staff at a special event to at the children’s HIV clinic, part of children’s outpatients.

For more information about the Trust’s charity work and for details about how to donate please email charity@pat.nhs.uk or visit the Trust Charity pages on the Trust website.