Last week I visited St Luke’s hospital for the first time. I met the staff:
Yvonne Boland, Appeals Director
Deirdre Turley , Appeals Director
Ger Watt, Events Co-Ordinator
Geraldine Stafford, Walks Co-Ordinator
Fiona Campbell, Finance & Office Manager
Yvonne took me on a tour and explained about the Friends of St Luke’s. I was prepared to be impressed, but I was simply blown away by the atmosphere, by the facilities and by the work of the Friends!
It is difficult for anyone who has a critical illness, but to be a parent or family member of a child who is suffering must be pain and anxiety beyond belief.
At St Luke’s there are good facilities and caring staff, while the Friends supply the extras – the rooms for children or teenagers to spend their time before or after treatment, the beautiful gardens with places to sit quietly or to go for a stroll. It has to be seen to be believed!
We are delighted that The Friends of St Luke’s have joined with us in the Book Festival. It is appropriate to have a Book Festival for Children and to support the care of children who are ill. We hope that this will become an annual event and that each year the folk in our local hospital will benefit.