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Scarborough Lions Club Donate Tablets For Hospital Patients

Scarborough Lions Club Donate Tablets For Hospital Patients

Published by Karen Liu at 8:26am 9th June 2020.

Scarborough Lions Club have donated a number of tablets to hospitals so patients can speak to their family and friends.

The charity says it is after they received a plea for help from a woman in York whose father is terminally ill in Scarborough Hospital. Her brother, who lives in Australia, also wanted to see and speak to his dad.

Scarborough Lions Club said:

"We recognised that there might be others who could benefit from being able to see and speak to their loved ones especially in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic so we contacted all the Lions Clubs in the York Hospital Trust catchment area to see if they were interested in this initiative.

This resulted in donations of £1,800 from the Clubs as well as a grant of £1,000 from the National Lions Foundation.

This £2800 enabled us to buy 14 tablets which were distributed to hospitals within the York Hospital Trust area as follows:

  • Scarborough - 5
  • York - 5
  • Bridlington - 2
  • Selby - 2 

After Covid-19, they will still be available for families and friends to chat to their in-patient loved ones."

Scarborough Lions Club say they received a 'lovely letter' from the woman who contacted them.

She said:

“I cannot stress how much it meant to me and my brother to be able to speak and joke with my dad in his final week.

My brother is in Australia and I am living a long drive away. We zoomed daily the best we could and on dad's last day we both managed to zoom together to visit for 40 minutes.

The nurses reassured us he could hear us, and he even tried to respond when my brother tried to wind him up about Leeds United.

He looked comfortable and peaceful and passed away about an hour later with the nurse holding his hand. 

It was extremely heart breaking but being able to zoom has left us feeling comfortable and peaceful that he heard our voices before he left us. 

The comfort of hearing loved one’s voices can happen for others too now.

It was all inspired by a very kind doctor who used his own phone back in March that put the idea in my head.

A lot of elderly people do not use modern iPhones and wouldn’t have a clue but having tablets on the ward can give the staff the opportunity to call and zoom with members of family that can. 

Hopefully this is a way forward in hospitals and care homes and families can stay in touch even more now.

Thank you, Roy, for believing in this task and all your energy in the Scarborough Lions enabling it to happen”. 

The woman also donated £200 towards the purchase of the tablets.

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