No char­ity stalls at new hos­pi­tal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

A CHAR­ITY which helps more than 1 0 Parkin­son’s dis­ease suf­fer­ers has been told it will not be al­lowed to hold fundrais­ing sales in the city’s new ‘su­per’ hos­pi­tal.

Parkin­son’s UK - Peter­bor­ough Branch holds monthly sales in the foyer at Edith Cavell Hos­pi­tal, in Bret­ton, which raises cash to give peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease a chance to take part in leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

But when Edith Cavell closes and the new Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal opens on the site in Novem­ber, the char­ity and sev­eral other fundrais­ing groups will be un­able to set out their stalls.

Parkin­son’s UK - Peter­bor­ough Branch have held sales on the last Thurs­day of the month for more than 10 years. The events are the only source of funds for the char­ity, reg­u­larly rais­ing hun­dreds of pounds ev­ery month. One of the last sales took place at Edith Cavell yes­ter­day.

Spokesman Ron Dav­i­son, said the news would hit the group hard. He said: “We pro­vide ser­vices for more than 150 peo­ple in the city ev­ery year. We have been here for about 14 years and we raise up to £300 ev­ery month. The money is used to pro­vide leisure ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple.

“We re­ceived a let­ter from the hos­pi­tal say­ing that we would not be able to carry on with the stall when the new hos­pi­tal opens. I am not sure what we can do now.”

Pres­i­dent of the group, city councillor Charles Swift, said they are look­ing at ways to move for­ward. He said: “We are go­ing to have to start look­ing for a new venue now. This is go­ing to cost us so much money ev­ery year.

“It is disgusting that we are not al­lowed to carry on. The group is just peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing to help raise money to help oth­ers.”

Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said the Pri­vate Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive con­tracts drawn up for the hos­pi­tal in 2007 stated that char­ity stalls would not be al­lowed in the ‘su­per’ hos­pi­tal.

The trust plans to try to ne­go­ti­ate a way around this – but it is not known how long this will take, or if it will be a suc­cess.

An­gela Broekhuizen, As­so­ci­ate Di­rec­tor of Projects, said: “The new re­tail agree­ment we signed in re­la­tion to Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal forms part of the PFI con­tract drawn up in 2007. It stip­u­lated that we will no longer be able to host fundrais­ing stalls when we move to the new hos­pi­tal.

“How­ever, we are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions to re-ne­go­ti­ate the terms and con­di­tions around ex­hi­bi­tion space.

“We would like to thank all of the char­i­ties who have vis­ited us to hold fundrais­ing events and apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this may cause them in the in­terim of us reach­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.”

OUT: (from left) Hazel Black, Beryl Walker, Joy Allen, Jill Norm­ing­ton and Mol­lie Wheeler are up­set that their fundrais­ing stall for Parkin­son’s UK will not be al­lowed in the new ‘su­per’ hos­pi­tal. (METP-2406-10BD302)

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