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Royal Voluntary Service presents Leicester Hospitals Charity with £285,000 gift
Press release date12/03/2018
Royal Voluntary Service presented Leicester Hospitals Charity and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust with a cheque for £285,000 at a ceremony at the Leicester Royal Infirmary on Wednesday 7 March.
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The money is an accumulation of the profits taken from the six cafés and shops which the charity runs at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospitals.

The services at the hospital give customers much more than a place to buy refreshments and gifts; RVS volunteers provide a friendly face and empathetic ear for patients, staff and those visiting loved ones at the hospital.

The funds gifted to Leicester Hospitals Charity will help the Trust with the second phase of the Emergency Floor at the Royal Infirmary which is due to open in May.  The support will help staff create an environment focused on frailty and dementia.  The assessment units in Phase 2 will include a dementia social space, a “memory lane” , a frailty friendly floor (the same used in Phase 1) as well as cinema style seating and enhanced bedheads.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service said: “We are delighted to present such a large amount of money to Leicester Hospitals Charity. The money was raised through the hard work and efforts of our dedicated volunteers who help Royal Voluntary Service in its work to support the NHS as well as older people in their homes and in the community. The volunteers hugely enjoy their work and it is very much appreciated by everyone who uses the services.”

Karamjit Singh CBE, Chairman, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said: “We remain forever grateful for the continued support that we receive from the Royal Voluntary Service.  This substantial donation will help us create a space within the second phase of our Emergency Floor that will support our frail older patients.  We know that for this group of patients coming to hospital can be quite traumatic and so it is important that we create an environment that will be less disorientating for them.  This donation will help us achieve that.”

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Royal Voluntary Service are actively looking for more volunteers to help serve staff, patients and visitors at Leicester Royal Hospital.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Anderson on 0116 258 5354 or email Christine.Anderson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

For further information, please contact: Mel Garfield at Royal Voluntary Service on 07834 653353 or mel.garfield@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk / media@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
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