Patients' relatives benefits from £6,000 funds


Patients' relatives benefits from £6,000 funds

Relatives of patients at the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital are having their time at the hospital made more comfortable thanks to a generous £6,000 fundraising effort.


The Friends of Altnagelvin Hospital have accepted the donation from Waterside man Nicholas Mullan, who raised the money in memory of his father Brian who received care in the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit. In a little over twelve months, the Mullan family raised the money through a series of events, including Nicholas’s participation in the Waterside Half-Marathon.


Nicholas said: “Following dad’s death in 2008, our family knew that a great void would be left in our lives. What we did take comfort from, however, was the dedication and compassion shown by the staff who attended him. It was this compassion that gave us the strength we needed to get through those difficult days and nights. We knew that, just as important as the care and attention given by the staff, were the facilities provided for us where we could gather as a family and support each other through what was a difficult time. We knew that other families would be in need of similar facilities in future and so we decided to raise money for the Family Room in the Coronary Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.”


Karen Love, Chair of the Friends of Altnagelvin, said the committee was very grateful for the generous donation.


Karen said: "This gift has been used to provide comfortable furniture in the relatives' room in the Coronary Care Unit beyond what would ordinarily be used to furnish such a room. This will contribute to the comfort of relatives during times when their concern is for their family members receiving care in the unit, so that families who travel from near and far can stay overnight, if the staff feel it necessary.


“On behalf of the Friends of Altnagelvin, I would like to pay tribute to Nicholas and the Mullan family for their kindness and significant fundraising efforts in memory of a husband and father."


The Mullan family gratefully acknowledge the support of family, friends, local businesses and organisations which assisted in raising such a large amount of money.