The WRVS has presented NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with a fantastic ‘gift’– 1.4million pounds, the largest amount ever presented in the UK by the age-positive charity.
The money is an accumulation of profits from WRVS services across hospitals in the Health Board area, and is a result of the hard work of the volunteers at hospital shops and cafes.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “This is a wonderful gesture from the WRVS and I am particularly pleased that so many of their volunteers a were able to come along to the cheque ceremony because they deserve recognition for the fundraising and the behind the scenes work that they do.
“This money will be invested across our hospitals to provide ‘extras’ such as digital TVs for all NHSGGC hospitals, and the remaining balance will be used to buy equipment at each of the fundraising sites, which will make a hospital stay as pleasant and as relaxing as possible.”
The cash will also be used to upgrade existing WRVS units; the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley where this will mean a fuller refurbishment of the entrance hall, enlarge and improve the outlet at the Southern General Maternity and minor improvements to the café at Gartnavel General Hospital.
Lynne Berry, chief executive of WRVS, said: “We are absolutely delighted to present such an enormous amount of money to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. This is the biggest amount of money we have ever presented, and is a fantastic reflection of the amount of effort put in by our volunteers and staff.”
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Notes to Editor
• WRVS has been helping people in Britain for more than 70 years.
• Originally set up as the Women’s Voluntary Service in 1938, the charity played a crucial role during the Second World War.
• Whilst keeping the same values of community service, WRVS has now focused its work on helping older and vulnerable people to remain independent and get more out of life.
• WRVS is one of the largest voluntary organisations in Britain with over 50,000 men and women helping people in their homes, the community, hospitals and in emergencies.
• For more information on WRVS please visit www.wrvs.org.uk
Patron: Her Majesty the Queen
Email: [email protected] • www.wrvs.org.uk
WRVS, Registered Office: WRVS Cardiff Gate, Beck Court, Cardiff Gate, Cardiff, CF23 8RP
Registered in England 2520413. Registered charity no. 1015988 & SC038924