Ellon Rotary supports ARI patients

The Pyjama Fund has provided substantial support to patients in ARI over the years along with support from Making a Difference Locally which raises money for local communities run by Nisa Retail.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 6:00 am
Patients received care packages which included toiletries and Kindle Fires.

The fund was set up by Jim Anderson and Ellon Rotary to provide additional home comforts for patients in hospital.

Jim had a zest for life that saw him climb mountains all over the world.

His gear included jazzy colourful trousers that he wore whether he was climbing or not Jim spent considerable time in hospital and recognised how important it was for patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their stay.

Jim’s daughter Lara, who runs R&I Neish in Peterhead has been able to source all the items and along with her friend, Jane Taylor who is a Senior Charge Nurse in ARI have been at the forefront of understanding the patient needs.

In order to support patients further care packs have been provided to clinical areas which include:

Bags of toiletries for men and women who have not had time to put an overnight bag together Phone chargers to help patients stay in touch with loved ones during their stay Kindle Fires have been provided to the Neurosciences departments Radios have been supplied for the Burns and Plastics Unit providing valuable distraction therapy

This has been rolled out initially to seven wards within ARI as a trial and if successful it will look to supply other clinical areas.

Ellon Rotary has been only too pleased to help.

Wards 204 and 205 would like to thank the Ellon Rotary club for their very generous donation of toiletries and Amazon Fire 7 Tablets.

The patients will benefit from mindfulness moments reducing stress and anxiety enhancing their journey through neurosciences.

Senior Charge Nurse Jane added: “All the wards that received donations were delighted and could immediately see how they would immediately enhance patient care and their experience.”

If anyone would like to contribute to the Pyjama fund, visit the Ellon Rotary Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ellonrotary