Cambridge clubs together for children’s hospice

A Cambridge club has shown its community spirit with a £4,165 donation to buy specialist equipment to help children and young people with life-threatening conditions at a children’s hospice.

L-R Becky Carter, Zoe Biginton, Sally Ann Parkin, Becky Bryan, Anna Hunt, all from EACH, with Andrew Barney from Ballare, Cambridge

Andrew Barney, general manager of Ballare, nominated East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to receive the money.

Andrew said: “The donation is from our company’s Echo Trust charity to give something back to our local community. We hold regular collections at the club and our customers are always generous. We nominated EACH to benefit because of its amazing work with children and their families.”

The grant will be used to buy three sats monitors, which are generally attached to a finger or toe, to assist staff in monitoring the breathing and circulation of children and young people. Some require monitoring during their sleep to ensure their safety. Staff will use the monitors to assist their assessment work and to plan treatments which include the use of oxygen and inhaled medication.

The donation will also fund a syringe driver to give medication in a way that is easily tolerated to help manage potentially distressing symptoms. It delivers small amounts of medication under the skin per hour via a small plastic tube which is left securely in place. The driver can be used in family homes and requires a nurse to visit once daily to change it.

Anna Hunt, Trusts and Foundations Manager at EACH, said: “We are truly grateful to the Echo Trust and all the staff and customers of Ballare in Cambridge for their generosity in providing funding to enable us to buy the sats monitors and syringe driver.

“Every year EACH’s Milton hospice cares for over 140 children and young people who have life limiting or life threatening conditions, and these pieces of equipment are essential to enable us to provide the best possible care.”

Ballare is part of The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, which employs 3000 people across its 54 venues. Since 2002 when Deltic set up the Echo Trust it has raised more than £2.5 million to grant awards to local children’s charities and children’s hospitals.

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