Watch celebrates after reaching major target

Mark Simmonds receives the cheque from Hospital Watch members, local dignitaries and health care professionals.
Mark Simmonds receives the cheque from Hospital Watch members, local dignitaries and health care professionals.
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SKEGNESS Hospital Watch was in a celebratory mood last week after reaching its latest mammoth target in record time.

The group only began work earlier this year to raise the £42,000 needed fo new blood testing machines to diagnose strokes, heart conditions, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

But it has already reached that target.

And at a special ceremony in the Crown Hotel on Friday evening, local dignitaries, Hospital Watch members and NHS staff gathered to see local MP Mark Simmonds receive a cheque for the amount.

Mr Simmonds said: “Raising £42,000 in such a short space of time is one of most extraordinary achievements I have witnessed in my 10 years as MP for Skegness.

“Everybody involved deserves thanks, not just from me, but from the wider community who uses the hospital.

“This money will be used well and spent wisely.”

He added that he shared the Hospital Watch’s determination to enhance services at Skegness, and bring further facilities to the unit, not take them away.

Hospital Watch chairman Maureen Mier could not be present at the handover. But in a letter read out to the audience she praised the “wonderful people” who had made the achievement possible.

“Skegness Hospital is our jewel in the crown, of which we should all be proud. You should all be so very proud of your efforts,” she added.

Skegness Hospital Watch’s Geoff Poulter told those present that he hoped to continue raising money in a bid to pay for the new machines’ ongoing maintenance costs.