Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) would like to say a massive thank you for all the donations received last week (w/b 18 April) which will benefit our children’s services, Neonatal and Renal units, and patients suffering from respiratory disease.
Mayor presents cheque to Renal Unit
Councillor Liz Jones, Mayor of Dunstable, visited the L&D on Friday 22 April to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Renal Unit. The Mayor has chosen to support The Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charity*, and specifically the Renal Unit, as one of her three main mayoral charities this year.
Joel Delfan, Matron of the Renal Unit, said: ‘We are delighted that the Mayor has chosen to support our Renal Unit and would like to thank her and her supporters for raising these funds. We will use this money to buy equipment for our unit. Donations like these make a huge difference to our patients and are a big boost for our staff, who are dedicated to delivering the best possible care.”
Councillor Liz Jones, added: ‘I chose to support the renal care unit during my mayoral year as it is a cause close to my heart. I have seen a close friend have dialysis treatment over a long period of time and how the machinery and dedicated staff kept them going and alive. It has been a privilege to raise money for the Unit and I look forward to seeing what they do with it.”
Family day in aid of our children’s wards
Thank you to Tracy Wright, Shelley Whitney and Suzi Stock and friends for hosting an amazing family day earlier in the year and donating £2,121.40 to our children’s wards on Thursday 21 April.
The event was held in memory of Tracy’s three year son, Deacon Thompson, who spent time at the L&D, and also Great Ormond Street Hospital. More than 500 people came to the family fun day on 19 March. There were lots of activities on offer and various raffles with more than 100 prizes donated by various local businesses. Tracey, Shelley and Suzi said: “We were overwhelmed with the support and hope to make this an annual event!”
Sarah Amexheta, L&D Fundraising Manager, added: “We are very grateful for the huge effort that went into organising this event. We are currently raising funds for our children’s wards in order to be able to buy a sensory projector for the children, and we are also trying to raise £9,000 to convert a space on the ward into a parents’ sitting room (so that parents and carers can have somewhere quiet to go and take a break).”
Ward 10 presented with cheque in memory of Alana Dickenson
Alan Dickenson, Ian Salter and Grayson Fontaine came in to present the staff on Ward 10 with a cheque for £8,760 from various fundraising efforts in memory of Alan and Ian’s Mum, Alana Dickenson.
Allan Dickenson, the event organiser and founder of ‘Mums big Birthday bash’ quoted: ‘My Mum suffered with COPD and lived locally in Stopsley. We wanted to raise funds so that the hospital could run a local pulmonary rehabilitation centre close by – as we know it would have benefited her. The care my Mum had on Ward 10 was great and it is nice to be able to give something back. We held the first event four years ago and raised £2,130 and since then it has grown in size and support and this year we managed to raise £8,760. I am already planning the next ‘ Mums big birthday bash’.
£5000 of the donation was raised by Dematic Ltd, who held an advent calendar auction with 24 prizes over 24 days. Prizes included ipads and box tickets for the Queens Club tennis tournament . They topped this up to the total with an office raffle.
Phyllis Acelan-odong, Respiratory Medicine Nurse, added: ‘We are extremely grateful to Alan Dickenson for all his fundraising and all the work he has done to raise awareness for the work we do. The area of respiratory care is growing, as is the number of patients needing pulmonary rehabilitation. The money raised will be going to support our new pulmonary rehabilitation centre in Stopsley. This centre will play a vital part in keeping our patients healthy and preventing readmissions onto the ward. Thank you to everyone who has supported Allan with his fundraising effort.”
Donations to our Neonatal Unit (NICU)
Thank you to the Mapp family
Kelly and Michael Mapp visited our NICU to present a cheque following their recent fundraising event. L&D Fundraising Manager, Sarah Amexheta, said: “Their Golf day, auction and raffle event managed to raise a fantastic £6,134. We can’t thank the Mapp family enough for their stellar efforts.” The auction had highly sought after items, such as a signed Luton Town football club shirt! In addition we would like to thank everyone who made this event possible.”
Gift hampers from Tate Recruitment
We would like to thank Tate Recruitment, Milton Keynes, for coming to our NICU unit to meet some of the families and hand out gift hampers for the babies.
Tate supports a number of charities and this year selected our NICU as their first campaign of choice. “This is an area incredibly close to our hearts”, said a spokesperson, “especially after our Operations Manager Gemma and her early arrival Teddy, spent time at NICU the early part of last year. It was clear to see the love, care and unbelievable hard work and commitment that goes into running this ward and we felt it about time we gave something back.
“We would like to say a personal thank you to our family and friends, as well as our clients; Marshalls Volvo, Leica Geosystems, Worksmart, Yourcash, Institute of Chartered Accountants & Energie for their support and generosity.”