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Rotary club funds medics’ clogs for Blackpool hospital’s critical care unit

Rotary club funds medics’ clogs for Blackpool hospital’s critical care unit

Rotarians in Lancashire have responded to a plea from the Blackpool Victoria Hospital for equipment to help medics under pressure during the current pandemic.

An emergency shout out for medics’ clogs has been answered by Rotary Lytham.

During the current crisis. Rotarians have traded their knives and forks for keyboards and social media, which led to the club providing over 100 white clogs for staff in the Critical Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Rotarians are currently meeting on-line and the club’s Community Service team has set up a Community Alert group led by Joy Chatters and Carol Gradwell to identify initiatives and requests throughout Fylde District.

An emergency shout out for medics’ clogs has been answered by Rotary Lytham.”

Initially they helped support the amazing Lytham COVID-19 Support, the brainchild of Georgie Gilmore, in collaboration with Fylde Borough Council, Hope Church and an army of helpers.

The request for clogs was spotted from Blue Skies Trust at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and, within 10 days, the clogs had been sourced and sent to the Hospital for the Critical Care Unit.

The department’s Practice Development Nurse Malissa Paterson responded by Tweeting pictures and said: “Massive thank you to @LythamRotary for our crocs!! Love from all the staff on Blackpool Critical Care Unit @BlackpoolHosp @BlueSkiesFund @BTHCrCU”.

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The donation follows on from a £1,000 donation sent by the Club to Blue Skies for ‘tuck shop’ treats for the CCU staff.

Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Lytham Rotary.

“They rang us and asked exactly what we needed, the staff were thrilled with the delivery of this footwear. We can’t thank them all enough.

“Should anyone wish to make a monetary donation then this can be done via our website or give us a call on 01253 957904.”

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Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Lytham Rotary.

The Covid-19 Support Team is continuing to work throughout Lytham St Annes and the Fylde Borough Council area with a fund set up and being administered, in collaboration with Fylde Borough Council and Rotary Lytham Community Service team by registered charity the Hope Church.

This is to help elderly and vulnerable people in need of emergency items or services which cannot be otherwise readily funded.

Donations can be made here.