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Reading Punjabi Society fundraising supports the hospital’s dedicated rooms for end of life care

Hurley ward staff and CEO Steve McManus  far right  with members of the Reading Punjabi Society

Members of the Reading Punjabi Society visited the Royal Berkshire Hospital to present their generous donation of £1345.00 towards comfortable furniture for the dedicated rooms on Hurley ward which provide a comfortable, peaceful and quiet setting for patients coming towards end of life, to spend with their family and carers.


The Reading Punjabi Society was founded 26 years ago to enhance health service provisions within the Reading area. In addition to the annual charity fundraising dinner, the society holds a regular lunches and community functions with auctions and raffles to raise funds to support a range of health care initiatives.


Debi Atkar, General Secretary for the Reading Punjabi Society said: “We wanted make a donation that will help make a significant difference to facilities the Hospital provides and it has been a real honour to help support patients who are coming to the end of their life to be able to spend quiet time with their carers and family in dedicated rooms.


“Each year we make a donation to a local charity in Berkshire. The Reading Punjabi Society are huge supporters of the RBH, our local hospital, and we look forward to continuing to raise funds for these important projects which help bring comfort to patients.”


Shirley McGrath, matron on Hurley ward said: “Patients and staff on Hurley ward are incredibly grateful to the Reading Punjabi Society for their amazing generosity and enthusiasm to help support our dedicated end of life rooms. The donation will enable us to purchase furniture that will help benefit patients and their carers feel more at home and make such a difference at the end of their life. Thank you.”


Steve McManus, chief executive, said “It’s always fantastic to welcome local community groups and societies to the hospital. We are so appreciative of the amazing support the Reading Punjabi Society continues to give us and today is no exception. Their donation will make such a huge difference to our patient’s time with us, especially at this stage in their life. Thank you so much”



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