The Burns Centre at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) has received a donation from a local charitable group to help improve the experience of patients recovering from severe burns-related injuries.
UHSM Chief Executive Silas Nicholls and Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of a new wooden gazebo on Tuesday 29 August, donated to Wythenshawe Hospital’s Burns Centre by Sale and District Lions Club.
The UHSM Adult Burns Centre is a purpose-built facility providing care for adults with minor burn injuries from the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas, and for patients with major burn injuries from across the whole of the North West.
Sale and District Lions Club, the local branch of the worldwide charitable organisation Lions Clubs International, donated a shelter for the garden of the Centre, to give burns patients a private and shaded space to enjoy fresh air during their recovery. They raised the money for the gazebo from a number of different fundraising events.
The club chose to donate the covered structure as part of their ‘legacy project’ to mark the Centenary of the organisation. It will provide a comfortable and sheltered space within the grounds of the Burns Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, for those patients who often face a long hospital stay.
Sue Gibbons, Burns Centre Ward Manager said; “We are extremely grateful to the Sale and District Lions Club for this generous donation. The gazebo is such a welcome addition – it has really put the heart back into our garden and will provide our burns patients with a comfortable, shaded area to enjoy during their recuperation, which can be over several months.”
Linda Cresswell, of Sale and District Lions Club said; “Sale and District Lions Club have a long history of supporting Wythenshawe Hospital and we are delighted to have been able to mark the Lions Club Centenary with this legacy donation to the Burns Unit. We hope that it will provide a restful and scenic space for patients to be able to enjoy some fresh air while they begin to recuperate.”
Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East added; “It was a pleasure to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and recognise the important partnership working between Wythenshawe Hospital Burns Centre and the Sale and District Lions Club. This gazebo will really help improve the experiences of patients at what is already a top class facility.”
The Club has supported Wythenshawe Hospital in a number of ways over the years and on Sunday 10 September will be holding their Annual Golf Competition to raise money for the ECMO Unit at UHSM.
Photo caption: MP Mike Kane opens the new gazebo at Wythenshawe Hospital with UHSM CEO Silas Nicholls, staff and patient from the Burns Unit and representatives from the Sale and District Lions Club