Hospital league needs your help

Sir,

I write on behalf of the League of Friends at Ilkeston Community Hospital to appeal for the support of your readers and the community as a whole at our forthcoming events.

The current pressures on the NHS and in particular the Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS) Trust are particularly severe.

Ilkeston Community Hospital, currently celebrating its 25th year of service to the community, has justifiably earned itself an excellent reputation for the provision of a wide range of treatment and care.

The League of Friends regularly receives donations from ex-patients, and families and friends of patients with profound messages of thanks for the high standard of care they encountered.

Many express their appreciation of the availability of Ilkeston as opposed to the difficulties travelling to Derby or Nottingham. Free parking is just one of the other benefits of being able to attend Ilkeston.

In these difficult times of financial constraints, the League is being asked to provide funding for equipment and facilities which may not otherwise be available.

Such equipment sometimes costs a great deal: one example, a scanner, costs over £30,000.

I would therefore be grateful if you would make an appeal for as much support as possible in the coming months, the first being our Annual Bed Push on Saturday 14 April 2012 when at least five teams will be pushing a hospital bed up Bath Street, carrying collection tins.

A charity stall and coffee morning will also be in the Market Place and in the Town Hall. Please visit the town centre that day and give generously.

The following Saturday (21 April) there is a concert by the Rolls Royce Male Voice Choir in the Charnos Hall at the hospital, admission £5 per person, which includes refreshments. Tickets can be obtained from our Refreshment Bar at the hospital, or on the door. All are very welcome.

In addition to the Spring Fayre on Saturday 26 May and the Annual Garden Party on Saturday 4 August, interested persons are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 17 April at 2pm in the Charnos Hall which will be attended by the Chairman of the DCHS Trust, Mr Andrew Fry, and the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kevin Miller. A report as to our work will be presented.

To summarise, sir, please may I appeal to everyone to support us at the coming events by attending and giving generously?

In doing so, we will be in a position to offer much-needed latest equipment and service to the Trust.

Michael J Perry

Chairman & President