£105,000 donation supports refurbishment at Skegness Hospital

Ward manager Joanne Wilkinson receives the cheque from League of Friends Treasurer Karen Coley and secretary Chris Padley

Ward manager Joanne Wilkinson receives the cheque from League of Friends Treasurer Karen Coley and secretary Chris Padley

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Two rooms at Skegness Hospital have been extended and refurbished, thanks to the largest ever single donation made by the town’s League of Friends.

The single rooms on Gloucester Ward are now open to patients offering an en-suite facility and a more modern decor.

The £146,000 project was funded through a £105,000 donation from the League of Friends, with the remaining balance paid for by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), which runs services at the hospital.

Building work, completed by Boston firm Clarke Group Construction, has been ongoing since October 2014 while the rest of the ward has continued to operate as normal.

Skegness Hospital matron for LCHS, Karen Kerman said: “These two private rooms were originally very small and had no en-suite facility, meaning we were unable to use them to their full potential. Thanks to the kind donation from the League of Friends, we have been able to extend the building to give us more bedroom space and an en-suite bathroom. The decor has been especially chosen by the ward staff to make it feel more like a ‘home from home’, the kind of special place we would like to stay in ourselves.

“On behalf of LCHS and the team at Skegness Hospital, I would like to say a very special thank you to the League of Friends for their ongoing support and dedication to the hospital and local community.”

The League of Friends have supported Skegness Hospital for more than 50 years, buying vital pieces of equipment and giving donations for building projects, such as three day rooms and the Oaks room.

Chairman of the Skegness Hospital League of Friends Bess Smith, said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. We are thrilled with the new rooms and I know our founder members would be over the moon to know that we have been able to do this. We have been able to buy many pieces of equipment during our time, but these two rooms act as a permanent legacy for Skegness.”

To make a donation or for more information about the League of Friends, contact Secretary Chris Padley on 01754 890610.