A popular local hospital has been handed an early Christmas present – thanks to a company based in the same town.
Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital this week received a donation of £5,000 from pioneering industrial fluids specialist Kilfrost, which operates from its base in Haltwhistle.
The money will be put towards enhancing the relatives’ room at the facility, which was one of the first in the country to provide hospital and social care support under one roof when it opened in 2014.
Gary Lydiate, CEO of Kilfrost, said: “Being based in Haltwhistle, Kilfrost knows only too well how much of a tremendous asset the hospital is for the local area and many of our staff and their families rely on it and have used its wonderful services.
“As a business, we’re committed to supporting the community and helping the Hospital is a way of giving to the entire community. This is especially true for those people who need the help and support that it provides.”
The cheque was presented to Ward Manager Val Reynolds on Tuesday 10th December.
Val said: “On behalf of everyone at Haltwhistle hospital, I’d like to thank Kilfrost for their very generous donation - it’s great to receive such fantastic support from a business within the community.
“The money will go toward enhancing our relatives’ room to provide a much-improved quiet space for families looking to spend time away from the ward environment which will make a big difference.”
The purpose-built hospital delivers expert care for people who require inpatient support following illness, injury or a spell in another health setting. It also has a minor injuries unit.
It’s part of the town’s pioneering £4.6 million integrated health and social care scheme, built in partnership with Northumberland County Council.
The donation is through Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity which provides the extras which improve patients’ and families’ experiences of being in hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside.
Kilfrost is relied on to produce anti- and de-icing products for the aviation and rail industries, and now produces and supplies specialist heat transfer fluids for heating, cooling and ventilation and the food and beverage industries.