Anonymous donor's £250,000 to NHS Fife charity to support patients and staff
Anonymous benefactors who gifted £500,000 to help patients and staff in Fife during the pandemic have donated a further £250,000.
The second substantial sum has been given to Fife Health Charity - the new name for Fife Health Board Endowment Fund which supports a range of initiatives to benefit the patients, carers and staff across the region.
Tricia Marwick, who chairs the organisation, hailed it as a “quite extraordinary act of kindness.”She added: “We are genuinely blown away by the generosity shown yet again.”
The initial £500,000 donation funded a wide range of initiatives and was invaluable in helping NS Fife provide some home comforts to make patients’ stay in hospital more bearable whilst visiting restrictions have been in place.
These included buying more than 100 tablet computers to enable patients to video call loved ones; the building of an outdoor gym for staff and patients at Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline; toiletries, magazines, radios and TVs for ward areas, and portable translation devices for patients not fluent in English.
A further £100,000 is to be used to fund half of the £200,000 cost of establishing a permanent wellbeing hub for healthcare staff at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, while £10,000 went to Maggie’s Centre Kirkcaldy and £5000 to Blood Bikes Scotland, to acknowledge their invaluable support to NHS Fife during the early stages of the pandemic.
Mrs Marwick added: “We will ensure that the gift is used wisely to provide the maximum benefit for both patients and staff here in Fife."