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As part of our company ethos we are very keen to support good causes both nationally and locally. It is up to our staff to decide which charities we support and donate to, and these have included:

The Scanner Appeal – Weston General Hospital – £750 donation

In addition to our staff taking part in the 12 hour bike-a-thon, director Mike Radford organised for Olympic Champion James Cracknell to present a donation on behalf of Somerset Surgical Services.

“It was a very easy decision for us to get behind our own Trust’s Scanner Appeal.  As an orthopaedic surgeon I know the difference faster access and better diagnostics will make to our patients so I was delighted to introduce James to the Appeal.” – Mike Radford, Company Director

Springboard Opportunity Group – £250 donation

Our Development Manager and Spinal Patient Pathway Co-ordinator visited the local Springboard Opportunity group where they were shown around the centre and introduced to the children and staff. The donation made covers over a month’s upkeep of the Springboard mini-bus.

“My cousin attended springboard as an infant due to his severe autism and the staff at Springboard helped him to develop and set him up for his future at a specialised school. The charity goes above and beyond for the children they look after and provide essential respite for the parents of the children that attend. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the centre. I feel that Springboard is a very deserving charity for the SSS donation. I feel proud to be a part of a company that are able help a charity that have personally helped myself and my family.” – Ella Hannaford

Nothern Cleft Foundation – £750 donation

The Northern Cleft Foundation is a charity which our Maxillofacial Surgeon Ali Cobb works with, funding and performing vital cleft palette surgery for children in India. Patient Pathway Co-ordinator Caroline Marsh organised a Hockey match to raise funds to help this charity and we were proud to double the funds that she raised.

“Such donations make a huge difference and help to give children the chance of a brighter future through their corrective cleft surgery. It is support like this that enables the charity to keep looking ahead and changing more lives. We really do appreciate it”. – Sheila Bailey for NCF

 

Charlton Farm Hospice – £250 donation

Patient Pathway Co-ordinator, Caroline Marsh attended the annual Christmas Concert organised by Wedmore Methodist Church in aid of Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice. Somerset Surgical Services donated £250 towards this cause, bringing the total raised to £1133.34. Charlton Farm Hospice aims to help and support families who face the emotional and physical strain of caring for children who, sadly, are not expected to live into adulthood. We are extremely proud to be able to support such a cause.

“I felt it was not only important to donate to Charlton Farm because of the amazing work that they do, but also to show support the local community in Wedmore”.    – Caroline Marsh