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Hillcrest makes festive donation to Tayside Children’s Hospital

The maintenance service at Hillcrest donated £200, toys and selection boxes to the Tayside Children’s Hospital after raising funds through their annual dress down days.

Carol Shearer from Hillcrest said, “We spoke about where we wanted to donate money this year and decided to donate it to the Children’s Hospital.

“Lots of people took part with some donating money and others donating selection boxes.”

Accepting the donation, play specialist Una Paton said, “Thank you to everyone at Hillcrest for thinking of us. We very much appreciate it.”

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Staff from Hillcrest maintenance service with patients, visitors and staff at the Tayside Children’s Hospital


Teenager raises money for Macmillan Centre in Stracathro

Fourteen-year-old Elli Ryan hosted a coffee morning in memory of family friend Margaret Mathers, raising an amazing £450 for the Macmillan Centre in Stracathro.

Charge nurse Rachel Leonard said, “I would like to thank Elli for her kind donation. The money will greatly benefit the patients that attend Macmillan Day Services in Angus.”

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l-r clinical nurse specialist Sharon McFadyen, Elli Ryan, Liz Ryan and staff nurse Maureen Phillips


St Andrews student sports teams give back

Student sports clubs from St Andrews University joined forces to collect gifts to Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Holly, Amy and Chase from the Athletics Union Events Team produced posters with the help of student graphic designer Rebecca to encourage university sports teams to donate gifts.

Holly said, “This is something I am really passionate about and I want to make it a tradition before I graduate. I ran a similar donation drive when I was Deputy Head Girl at Spalding High School. It went down really well, so I thought I would do it again at St Andrews University.

“During my teens, I spent a lot of time in the outpatients department in Peterborough Hospital, so I know a gesture like this can go a long way.

“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the festive season but there are families out there who are struggling and this means so much to them. This is the start of a new tradition and we hope to continue this throughout our time at St Andrews.”

Amy said, “As an events team, we spoke with sports clubs about the idea of donating gifts to Tayside Children’s Hospital. This was done in conjunction with the Wednesday Night Lights event where a number of different teams played competitive evening matches. We’ve had great feedback and had a lot of fun doing it.”

Accepting the donation play specialist Una Paton said, “Thank you to everyone who donated a gift to the Tayside Children’s Hospital. Your kind donation is very much appreciated.”

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Amy (third left) and Holly (second right) with staff from Tayside Children’s Hospital


Donation to thank staff in Ward 26

Betty Melville visited staff in Ward 26 at Ninewells Hospital to hand over a cheque for £295.

Betty had spent time in the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Ward and wanted to thank the staff for the excellent care that she received from the healthcare team that looked after her.

When Betty’s husband, Mark, served as captain of Strathmore Golf Club, he had the honour to select where the money raised at the Captain’s Charity Day was to be donated. With Betty having been a patient in Ward 26 the decision to donate the proceeds from the Captain’s Charity Day to the ward was an easy one.

Betty said, “I had no doubts of where I wanted the money to go. I’m a regular patient in Ward 26 and I wanted to give something back.

“We have donated a few things before, and this is just a little cheque, but it’s still something. We have very much had our money’s worth so this is just a way to say thank you for all my care.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of the ward, ENT consultant Mr Jaiganesh Manickavasagam said, “This is very kind and we really appreciate this donation from Betty and the Strathmore Golf Club.

“The advancements in head and neck cancer treatment are huge and donations like these are valuable because they can be put towards innovative new equipment such as robots, and staff training which will enable us to provide optimum and up-to-date care.”

Mr Jaiganesh Manickavasagam, Mark and Betty Melville (left) with the staff at ward 26

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