Published: March 11, 2010
Burnham medical charity's £5,000 donation buys new hospice bed

Members of Burnham's Medical Equipment Fund have this week handed over a bumper £5,000 cheque to St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice to fund the cost of a new bed.

The fund's Chairman, Tom Ashton, presented the funding to Pam Knight, director of the hospice's fundraising, during a special visit to the facilities outside Taunton on Tuesday (March 9th).

Pam told "The money will be used to buy a specialist, adjustable profile bed that will be comfortable for our patients and make it easier for our nurses to care for them. We are very grateful for such a fantastic donation."

Tom added: "Over 20 patients from the Burnham area are looked after by this hospice every week so when we heard that funding was needed for a specialist bed, we were very happy to help."

The Burnham Community Medical Equipment Fund is a 24 year-old organisation that has provided more than £200,000 of medical equipment to people throughout the Burnham area since it was set up in 1986. Much of its funds come from legacies, gifts and fundraising events.

Pictured are the Burnham fund's Tom Ashton with Pam Knight and trustee David Jenkins alongside staff from the hospice


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