Sikh Community Donates £5,100 to Trust Unit
Date of release: 6 May 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has received a generous donation of £5,100 from the Sikh community of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Wednesfield.
The four-figure sum will go to support the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at New Cross Hospital and has come from the 500-strong congregation who worship regularly at the temple in Well Lane. One member of the Gurdwara, Bhupinder Singh Gakhal, Labour councillor for Wednesfield South, has a personal connection to the unit as his mother, Gurbax Kaur, was treated in the unit before she passed away in February and his next door neighbour, Sue Craddock, is a nurse on that ward.
Cllr Bhupinder Singh Gakhal said: “Many of us have family who work for the NHS and appreciate what it has done for us so we want to support it in any way we can. The Sikh community have been in Wolverhampton for many decades and are very proud to support our beloved NHS.”
Sam Jarvis, Matron for AMU, said: “My team of nursing staff and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to you for your wonderful donation of £5,100 to the unit. We are so grateful to you and the Sikh community of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Wednesfield. Your donation will really have such an impact for both patients and staff working on the unit, and we are currently having conversations with our nursing team in how we utilise this sum of money. Your kind gift will allow us to really make a positive difference to patients within our care.”
Worshippers have given anything from 50p upwards to make up the four-figure sum. Cllr Gakhal singled out the President of the Gurdwara, Kulwant Singh Bains, and its General Secretary, Punjab Singh Gakhal, in particular for their generosity. All three live in Wednesfield, near to the Trust’s New Cross Hospital.
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