Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends launched a £1 million fundraising appeal just over a year ago to enhance the A&E provision at Bedford Hospital by installing a new dedicated Paediatric A&E department.
A trip to A&E can be especially frightening for children, and this new facility will offer dedicated resources for younger patients, in a much more child friendly environment.
The Charity recently received a donation of £20,000 from the Bedfordshire Freemasons and the central Freemasons Charity, the MCF, which has provided a great boost to the fundraising for this project. Work commenced last year for the paediatric A&E department and it is already in use with various special additions being installed as time allows in the very busy department.
Deborah Inskip OBE DL, Chairman of Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends welcomed this generous donation “We are delighted to accept this most generous donation to help us fund the improvements to the A&E department at Bedford Hospital. The new Paediatric A&E and the CT scanner will make a huge difference to how care can be provided in our emergency department. Such wonderful support for these important developments is greatly appreciated. “
Tony Henderson, the head of Bedfordshire Freemasons added ‘There are few of us that haven’t had to take our children or grandchildren to A&E at some point, and we all aware of how scary that can be. We are very pleased to have been able to contribute to making this wonderful new facility a reality.’
Pictured above, Children being shown the mural in the new A&E Dept
Pictured below, Steve Joyce and Martin Wilson from Bedfordshire Freemasons with Jenny Williams and Judy Greevy from Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends