League Of Friends Profile Higher Than Ever
13th December 2003
Jenny Spence and her fellow fundraisers find themselves at the forefront of a growing campaign to retain services in the Caithness General Hospital. From a small fund-raising group normally donating items to the hospital they find themselves rocketing towards national status as they galvanise local groups and support into one campaign to retain and improve services at their local hospital.
This small group of ladies has in a very few weeks lifted the campaign to heights previously unknown taking with them politicians local and national, a huge range of voluntary groups and the general public, galvanising the pent up anger from previous investigations into their campaign.
With a zero budget (they have refused all monetary assistance) they have depended on community spirit and determination to drive the campaign forward. Few campaigns have risen so quickly and with so much involvement at public meetings.
These ladies have read the mood correctly and taken appropriate action swiftly and with purpose. They are ordinary wives, mothers and grandmothers. The establishment perhaps needs to seriously consider not just the mumbo jumbo of risk assessment, financial management but the human factors before they come to any decision on the long term future of services like Maternity in the far north.
Experts have been proven wrong on many other topics - and mothers instincts often proved correct in the face of medical opinion. to a great extent we are not talking about clinical factors - it is about the will to provide quality services in rural areas.
The League of Friends has seen the Writing On The Wall for the hospital and perhaps for more wide ranging consequences to follow. A cornered mother in the wild often fights back and it should be remembered they often bite back. An organised group of them look even more frightening.
Caithness Health Action Team would like to give our sincere thanks to this fantastic team who have raised a significant amount for us £1,765 .This money will be used to help our community. They have cycled a distance of 874 miles equivalent of John o Groats to Lands end journey.
Caithness Health Action Team along with the League of Friends for Caithness General hospital wanted to help patients and staff in our local Caithness hospitals. We contacted NHSH and agreed that providing high quality Samsung tablets ,with protective wipe able covers would be an excellent way to help ,especially as at the moment there is currently no visiting allowed due to the pandemic.
When Bruce de Wert of Georgesons Solicitors heard of the distress of new Mums having to drive back from Inverness with their newborn in danger, he knew he had to do something. The problem is that newborns cannot sit in car seats without compressing their lungs and it is a long way from Inverness to Caithness! And, so, he announced that this year the charity for Wills Week would be CHAT who provide lie flat car seats for for newborn babies.
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