Hospital’s delight at prom walk gift
PUBLISHED: 15:58 29 January 2013
MORE than £7,000 has been donated to Weston General Hospital and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) following a successful charity walk.
About 80 people took part in last September’s charity seafront walk, carrying money buckets along the promenade and through the streets.
The money will be put towards buying potentially life-saving treatment for the hospital and BHF.
The hospital this week received a cheque for £1,291, which will be used to purchase heart monitoring equipment.
And a total of £5,841 will go towards the BHF, a cause walk organiser Paul Hobbs has been involved in for 20 years.
He said: “I have long been an active supporter for the BHF and all its work and have been privileged to be able to organise these fundraising walks for it.
“The hospital has been very supportive and accommodating. It kindly allows us to start our family walk from its grounds, which is why, this year, I wanted it to have some of the proceeds to buy equipment which patients from the Weston area can benefit from.”
Mr Hobbs said work has already begun on preparing for the third annual walk, which will be held later this year.
Weston Area Health Trust chairman, Chris Creswick, said: “We would like to thank Mr Hobbs and all the kind-hearted volunteers who took part in the walk for this money.
“Cardiology, or heart health, is a very important speciality for us, with large numbers of patients, and anything we can do to improve their experience of treatment is very welcome. We are deeply grateful.”
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