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Lions Club donation means patients can breathe easy

24 July 2019

Fundraising

Patients at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Respiratory Unit can breathe easy, thanks to a generous donation of £2,475 from Lions Club of Eastwood.

The money has been used to purchase an Airvo Optiflow device which is a humidifier with integrated flow generator that delivers warmed and humidified respiratory gases to patients.

Brian Stanbridge, Vice Chairman of Lions Club of Eastwood, said:"This equipment is not the first that Eastwood Lions have funded at Southend Hospital. We've now funded over £7000 worth of equipment to date. When our members heard about the need for this type of equipment we quickly made the decision to fund it, especially as we could fund two pieces for the price of one. We sincerely hope these two units bring comfort and relief to those patients who need them."

Anne Groome, Respiratory Unit Manager at Southend Hospital, said:"We are really thankful for the generous donation from Lions Club of Eastwood as it has enabled us to purchase this equipment which is of immense benefit to our patients. The Airvos are always in demand and we are delighted to receive two brand new units."

Lions Club of Eastwood raises funds through various activities such as Santa Sleigh collections and takings from their charity shop. Their fundraising benefits many local causes including Southend Hospital.