A mil­lion rea­sons to be so cheer­ful


Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Mayor of Hillingdon has helped cel­e­brate as the cam­paign to raise funds for a new in­ten­sive care unit at Hare­field Hospi­tal hits £1 mil­lion.

Mayor John Hens­ley and may­oress Diane Hens­ley joined 60 Hare­field Hospi­tal staff and for­mer pa­tients at a hard hat tour of the re­de­vel­op­ment of its ICU to mark the mile­stone.

The mayor laid sev­eral bricks alongside chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity, Gill Raikes.

The mil­lion mile­stone means that the char­ity is now £100,000 off its tar­get con­tri­bu­tion to the build, which will ac­com­mo­date an ad­di­tional 250 crit­i­cally ill pa­tients at Hare­field each year.

The ex­ten­sion will in­clude six new pa­tient bed­rooms and a state-of-theart scan­ner cen­tre.

Guests were given a sneak peek of the works as the walls and cor­ri­dors be­gan to take shape.

The char­ity in­vited donors who have been vi­tal in achiev­ing the fundrais­ing mile­stone. Among them were heart trans­plant pa­tient Ge­off Gregory and his wife Beryl.

Mr Gregory said: “We found the tour both en­light­en­ing and in­for­ma­tive. We both feel hon­oured to have been in­vited as Hare­field means a great deal to us both.

“I spent a long time in in­ten­sive care fol­low­ing my heart trans­plant. We re­ally look for­ward to see­ing the unit once it is fin­ished.”

Mayor John Hens­ley and may­oress Diane Hens­ley at the site

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