A weekly column by Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.
The culmination of over 30 years’ fundraising for a local charity has been reached with over £520,000 being given to a specialist Burns Unit which treats patients from this area.
The Burns Unit Appeal Fund was set up to alleviate the suffering of those who have been badly burned and help their recovery as well as assisting their families who experience hardship in visiting their loved ones.
Originally set up by a group of Whittlesey people, they campaigned vigorously for funds. The funds were added to and invested over the years and now, over 30 years on, only one of the original trustees remains, Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn, who lived in Whittlesey for several years. The fund now stands at over £800,000 and the charity has been wound up and the first tranche of funds was distributed at Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital this week. The remaining funds will be released to the hospital in due course.
It was always the aim to establish a specialised burns unit more locally but with the centralisation of NHS resources all local burns patients are transferred, after stabilisation, to the Broomfield Hospital. The hospital has agreed that this huge sum of money will be targeted towards the care and wellbeing of patients and their families from this part of the country.