RAF Valley Fundraising Visit to Ysbyty Gwynedd Children's Ward

Childrens Ward Text1Over the past 12 months, Royal Air Force Valley has been busy fundraising for the Children’s Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd. Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, Station Commander, and members of the Station’s Charities Committee, recently visited the Ward to meet some of the hardworking staff and to present them with a cheque for £10,000.

They were met by Liz Fletcher, Assistant Area Director Children’s Services; Carina Roberts, Play Specialist; Llinos Davies, Ward Manager and Jo Douglas, Clinical Service Manager Acute Paediatrics.

The Station Charities Committee receives huge fundraising support from the Royal Air Force, Civil Servant and Industry Partner personnel based on the Station. The money was raised through a varied programme of Whole Force charity events, including charity runs, cake stalls, coffee mornings and some highly popular and successful motorcycle track days. During the year, RAF Valley donated £600 towards the children’s play area and artwork on the walls of one of the cubicles in the children’s ward; £600 of the final total was donated by BAE Systems towards artwork for another cubicle in the children’s ward.

Group Captain Tucker-Lowe said:

“Each year the Station selects a cause to support that is based in the local community – for 2016/2017 Ysbyty Gwynedd Children’s Ward was selected as the Station’s chosen charity.

It has been a pleasure to come here today to meet some of the staff who provide such a valuable service to the local community and I am delighted to present the Children’s Ward with a cheque for £10,000 on behalf of everyone at Royal Air Force Valley. The Station has had a close link with Ysbyty Gwynedd for many years and we very much look forward to continuing the community relationship in the future.”

Llinos Davies, Ward Manager on Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Children’s Unit said:

“We on the paediatric ward would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the RAF and those that contributed towards their very generous donation.
Our unit and the children and families in our community will benefit greatly from the generosity. The kind donation will enhance the care we give our patients and our facilities on the ward.”Childrens Ward Text2
Kirsty Thomas, Head of Fundraising Awyr Las said:

“Massive thanks to the incredible staff, families, partner companies and friends of RAF Valley who have raised a phenomenal £10,000 for Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Children’s Ward over the past year. The team on the Ward plan to get a new assisted sensory specialist bath with this kind donation to help children with disabilities have a more comfortable stay on the ward.

Thanks too to our lovely patient, 5 year old Amelia Hughes from Bangor, who accepted the cheque from Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, Station Commander at RAF Valley, along with her mum Jody, Carina and Llinos from the Ward and Jo and Liz from Children’s Services.”

The North Wales NHS charity, Awyr Las, provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that the dedicated NHS staff are able to provide. Most hospital wards, departments and community healthcare services have dedicated funds within the charity, enabling people to support the specific areas of the NHS that are closest to their heart. The charity's priorities are selected by frontline nursing and medical staff.

Editor: Sqn Ldr Dave Williams

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