Friends Final Gifts to Bangor Hospital


The South Eastern HSC Trust recently hosted a special event in recognition of support from the Friends of Bangor Hospital as they formally wind up their fundraising activities.

Mr Colm McKenna, Chairman, South Eastern HSC Trust said “Over the last twenty years the Friends have raised in excess of £116,000 which has been used to provide specialist medical equipment for clinics, patient comforts and is remarkable given the small number of actual friends involved at any time. Bangor Community Hospital has witnessed considerable change over the last 108 years and with new advances in medicine, I am sure this site will continue to evolve for years to come.”

Bill Aiken (Chair of Friends of Bangor Hospital), Marion Smith, and Dr Graeme Crawford spoke of the sadness the Friends felt over the closure of the GP ward and how much enjoyment the Friends had experienced during the various fund raising activities, and especially meeting the patients when distributing gifts to patients at certain times of the year, to the sound of singing for local schoolchildren, as well as the suffocating Santa outfit.

After afternoon tea, Friends of Bangor Hospital formally presented a new skeleton to Joanne Cairns from the Physiotherapy Department and a new Plaster Saw for the safe removal of plaster casts to Fiona Beattie on behalf of the Bangor Minor injuries Unit.

Presentation of new equipment to Bangor Hospital with Left to Right Joanne Cairns, Bill Aiken, Marion Smith, Colm McKenna and Fiona Beattie