NHS is ‘sit­ting’ on pile of cash

Fundrais­ers want it put to good use

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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RECOG­NI­TION: Linda Smith (left) presents Deb­bie Evans with her commendation cer­tifi­cate

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