No charity stalls at new hospital
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)