NHS is ‘sitting’ on pile of cash
Fundraisers want it put to good use
A CHARITABLE group that raised £300,000 for a hospital is urging the trust that runs it to spend the money.
Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Hospital League of Friends is celebrating 60 years of helping the hospital financially.
The group has raised money through fairs, subscriptions, and support from other groups. But chairwoman Sara Sabine said Buckinghamshire Health NHS Trust is not asking for ways to spend it.
The trust has said it will discuss how best to use the money in the coming months.
Mrs Sabine wishes to fund a larger project than the most recent purchases of wheelchairs.
“We are sitting on a nice big pot of money but we are not being asked to buy things.
“The members have given us the money and they would like it to be spent on something sensible.”
Mrs Sabine has been chairwoman of the Friends for 25 years, during which time she has seen ‘huge changes’ at the hospital.
It had 32 beds but the last of those were moved to Amersham Hospital in 2007, after which it became a clinic for X-ray and physiotherapy services. The services have been privatised under the current government.
Less money is now needed for standard equipment, such as mattresses but, according to Mrs Sabine, the hospital is still wellused.
She suggests the trust should allow community groups to use a downstairs room.
“It has a suitable kitchen and toilets. It just needs to be rejigged a bit,” she added.
The Friends have helped fund big projects over the years, including an X-ray department, adding 22 spaces to the car park and spending £22,250 on the Wound Care Clinic in 2004.
Spokeswoman Fiona Cordy thanked the group on the NHS trust’s behalf.
“We work closely with the League of Friends to identify projects that may be suitable for their fundraising and look forward to continued discussions over the coming months as to how we can best use this money for the benefit of the hospital and local patients.” A COUNCIL clerk has been awarded an accolade for her work during the past year.
Chalfont St Peter Council chairwoman Linda Smith presented Debbie Evans with a commendation certificate from the Society of Local Council Clerks on Thursday last week.
Mrs Smith praised Mrs Evans on her professional and personal contribution to the council.
Mrs Evans said: “It was totally unexpected and highly appreciated. It is very nice to be recognised by the councillors for the work we do.”
She drew praise from councillors in May when she helped evict travellers who were illegally camped at Gold Hill Common. She accompanied Thames Valley Police to the site and gave the travellers an official warning to leave. The community was evicted within a day.
“[It] was a team effort with [the police] but I do appreciate the recognition of the work we put in.”
RECOGNITION: Linda Smith (left) presents Debbie Evans with her commendation certificate