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Edition No. 95

Date:- 19  April 2003

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Keeping it in the family 

FOOTBALL-MAD dad, John Kilroy, has scored with Ormskirk Special Care Baby Unit, where his son, Dr Ian Kilroy, is a Registrar there.

His donation to the Special Care Baby Unit - where premature babies and newborns born with difficulties are nursed back to health - followed a charity football match he organised.

Every year for the last 20 years Blackbrook Football Team, based in St Helens, organise a charity match on Boxing Day when past players face the younger footballers for some friendly action on the pitch.

68-year-old John is chairman of the club and this year his team decided to donate money from the match to the Neonatal Unit at Ormskirk after hearing from his son on the special work the unit implements for such babies.

John said, “The football match is a great way to raise money for charity. We start out in the morning with nothing, but with fees from the players and a raffle, we always end up with something to give."

“This year we wanted to give the money to the Ormskirk Special Baby Care Unit because of the good work they do. I should know my son works there! So I thought it would be a nice family affair.”

The £150 raised from the charity match will help the unit’s good work. Sister Maureen Morgan said of the donation; “Thank you to all that helped to raise the money, it will be put to good use for the babies.”

Hospital staff thanked after 20 years of service!

THIRTY-SIX loyal hospital staff will be rewarded by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust for each giving 20 years service.

The group from Southport & Formby District General Hospital and from Ormskirk and District General Hospital will be presented with their Long Service Awards at two separate special ceremonies.

Those who are to be thanked for their hard work and dedication come from a number of professions within the Trust, including nursing, pharmacy, consultancy and administration.

Andrew Johnson, chairperson of the Trust, praised the staff for their hard work and professionalism over the years, “These 36 members of staff have shown nothing but 100 per cent dedication to their work during the last 20 years, which is why it gives me great pleasure to reward them with Long Service Awards. On behalf of everyone at the Trust and the patients who have benefited from their hard work throughout the years, I’d like to express many, many thanks.”

Report by Nick Williams (Health Start).

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