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Over £10,000 donated to the League of Friends at Basildon Hospital

MORE than £10,000 has been donated to a Basildon University Hospital ward by the League of Friends in memory of two of their long term committee members.

Linda and Barrie Hibbard both joined the Basildon Hospital League of Friends in 2003, after moving to Basildon from Hackney and getting into a conversation with the League’s treasurer whilst waiting for an outpatient appointment.

Barrie sadly died in April 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Linda became a patient on Elizabeth Fry ward on 17 October 2014 and died on Christmas Day.

In memory of them both and, with their family’s blessing, the League donated £10,875 to the ward. The gift has paid for sit-on scales, a bladder scanner and a blood pressure monitoring kit for the ward.

Rita Keeler, treasurer, said: “Linda and Barrie were keen members of our committee and were a privilege to know, and work with. We felt this was fitting use of funds that they helped to raise.

“They were both very community minded and tried to help anyone that they could it seemed only right that we gave some monies in Linda’s memory because she in her lifetime had given so much time and energy to helping others.”

This donation has taken the grand total donated to the hospital by the League to £78,766.86. The money has paid for all sorts of additional equipment for all areas of the hospital, from a new £270 fridge for blood samples at Orsett Hospital to £26,000 to MEMS for various pieces of medical kit.

Both tea bars in Basildon outpatients and maternity departments have received a coveted 5* hygiene rating.

Rita added: “Considering none of us are professional caterers, our volunteers treat all our rules and regulations very seriously and work hard to adhere to them. Well done to them!”

The League is very short of volunteers at the moment and this is causing the closure of the outpatients’ tea bar in the afternoon. If you have some time to spare and want to do something rewarding, while making new friends, call Rita on 01268 793864.

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