Ernie Ross Stands Down As Chair of Caithness Heart support Group
30th July 2018
A TRIBUTE was paid at the AGM of Caithness Heart Support Group, recently, to long-serving chairman Ernie Ross, standing down after nine years service.
Highlighting Mr Ross's contribution, the new chairman, Noel Donaldson said: "Ernie has not always enjoyed the best of health but has always given us a one hundred percent commitment to the group and that has been greatly appreciated."
However, Mr Donaldson was pleased to add that Mr Ross was not severing his connection with the group but has decided to remain as a committee member.
In his final chairman's report, Mr Ross reviewed a successful year of social activities and fundraisers and acknowledged the continuing and generous support of the public and the tireless efforts of his committee and volunteers. The heart group's main aim is to raise funds to provide medical equipment locally and Mr Ross was delighted to inform his audience at the Wick St Fergus Church hall, that items with a total value of £7000 had been handed over to the Riverview practices in Wick and the Dunbar Hospital, Thurso, in the past year.
Following his election as the sole nominee for the chairmanship, Mr Donaldson, previously the group's vice-chairman, said he would do his best to justify the committee's confidence in him. Laird Sutherland was elected vice-chairman and secretary Marjorie Donaldson and treasurer Emily Fraser were re-elected. The committee are Joyce Macdonald, Janice Macgregor, Bob Bell, Joan Fraser, Ernie Ross, Heather Martin, Margaret Bremner and Gladys Gunn.
In her annual report, treasurer Emily Fraser said that there had been a slight but encouraging increase in fundraising and donations including, in particular, those from funeral collections, donated by families.
Mrs Fraser said that with many organisations seeking funds it was gratifying to know that the heart group retained a loyal support year on year. She highlighted a variety concert hosted in the Norseman Hotel by the Wick Arion Choir, which had raised £885-50 after expenses which was divided, equally, between the group and the Caithness Stroke Group.
Guest speaker was local Highland councillor Nicola Sinclair who gave a thought-provoking address about health services in Caithness and the challenges facing them and the NHS.
Retiring chairman Ernie Ross receives a gift presented to him by group committee member Janice Macgregor, marking his nine years in the chair leading the group.
Photographer Noel Donaldson
Guest speaker at a recent Caithness Heart support Group AGM was local Highland councillor Nicola Sinclair who gave a thought-provoking address about health services in Caithness and the challenges facing them and the NHS. Cllr Sinclair is well placed to speak to groups about health service having been a founder member of Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) and still involved in the campaigns over Caithness health issues.
Caithness Heart support Group AGM. Guest speaker was local Highland councillor Nicola Sinclair who gave a thought-provoking address about health services in Caithness and the challenges facing them and the NHS.
Caithness Heart Support Group handed over the latest equipment it has funded, to the medical practices at Wick GP surgeries. Accepting an ECG machine from group member Janice Macgregor (right front) is Pearson practice nurse Shirley Macleod.
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THE Town and County Hospital's Newton Wing, at Wick, now has an ECG facility which will enable patients to have their hearts checked on-the-spot, without having to visit the town's Caithness General Hospital. The hi-tech box was funded by Caithness Heart Support Group and handed over, recently.
CAITHNESS Heart Support Group handed over the latest items of medical equipment it has funded. Wick medical centre's Riverview Practice received an ECG machine and the Pearson practice, a blood pressure monitor and a pulse oximeter.