Date of release: 7 May 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has received a donation of £2,000 from Carlisle Support Services, who supply security staff to its sites.
Half of the money was from a prize the team won at Carlisle’s annual awards, which they decided to donate to the Trust as a gesture of gratitude and support for handling the Covid-19 crisis. This was then matched by a personal donation by Paul Evans, Carlisle Support Services Chief Executive.
David Loughton, Trust Chief Executive, said: “I was deeply touched by this generous donation. The security team have and continue to deal with situations in a very professional manner that I am exceedingly pleased with. I would like to arrange for the donation to be placed in the General Trust fund for all staff to utilise. I thank them so much for their donation, this is so gratefully received.”
Paul Smith, Trust Head of Security, said: “This is a truly generous and heart-warming donation from the Security and Events North division of Carlisle Support Services and their CEO Paul Evans. The team on site here at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust continues to provide us with a security service that we are very proud of. They have continued to operate with integrity, bravery and selflessness in ensuring the hospital is a safe and secure environment for all during these challenging times and have not faltered while delivering these services, which I thank them for.”
Paul Evans said: “Being the son of a nurse and a police officer I was brought up around the NHS and am acutely aware of the challenges a modern NHS brings, and that was even before Covid-19 had taken hold. Over the last few years the security team we deploy to the Trust have dealt with some worrying and serious incidents on site and this has led to them often being featured in news stories and award ceremonies within Carlisle. The contract sits within our Security and Events - North division and this team was awarded Division of the Year for 2019 at our annual awards in February. As a result they were given £1,000 to spend on anything they would like, normally a function of gift.
“Considering the crisis I was moved when the team approached me and said they would like to donate this £1,000 to the NHS and specifically to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. As a gesture I have decided to match this so will be donating £2,000 to the NHS on behalf of Carlisle Support Services. I know this is a small sum when you consider the cost of the crisis, but I hope you find a way of using this money in some capacity to support the efforts of staff who are putting their lives on the line for us all, day in, day out.”
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