Torbay Hospital League of Friends' work carries on through pandemic

The League of Friends' donations. 

The League of Friends' donations. - Credit: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay Hospital League of Friends has continued its fundraising efforts in spite of the challenges posed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most recently, the League has approved expenditure totalling £69,823 to provide two bariatric stairclimbers, iPads for theatres, four trollies for the catheter lab and two additional children’s ventilators.

Two very generous legacies of £10,000 from the estates of the late Mr and Mrs Richards will benefit the ophthalmology and cardiology departments.

The ophthalmology team has been able to buy special chairs for ophthalmic imaging equipment while the cardiology department will benefit from two echocardiography clinic room couches, a handheld echocardiography device, two pacemaker trollies for the cardiac catheter lab and a Genlab Classic incubator for the cardiac catheter lab.

Additionally, the League is continuing to fund the provision of cook and eat sessions for the children and young person diabetes service, as well as committing £6,000 to education simulation.

Patricia Roberts, president of the League of Friends, said: “Even though we have not been able to ‘get out and about’ over the last 12 months, we have not been sitting idle, and have been able to continue to provide substantial sums of money for all kinds of equipment requested of us by the hospital.

“We were particularly grateful to the late Mr and Mrs Richards for their incredibly generous donations which I am delighted to say have been put to so much good in the respective departments they nominated.

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"We are so grateful for people’s generous donations which enable us to direct support where it is most needed in our much-valued hospital.”

Liz Davenport, chief executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so fortunate to have such an active and generous League of Friends at Torbay Hospital, as well as in all our community hospitals.

"Thanks to their fundraising efforts, we are able to benefit from extra equipment and updated facilities. It makes such a difference for our staff teams and for all the local people they support.

“I would also like to thank the members of the public who donate to the League and contribute to fundraising events as their generosity makes these donations possible.”