Richard Southam, of Aquae Sulis Chiropractic and Therapy Centre on Damers Road in Dorchester and executive member of Dorchester Chamber, recently visited Dorset County Hospital to hand over Christmas presents for children on the hospital’s Kingfisher Ward.
The gifts included a number of projector lights which had been specifically requested by the Kingfisher team. The lights are particularly useful to entertain babies and small children in cots where the light displays can be projected onto the ceiling. Richard had organised a fundraising “presents for adjustments day” where payments for chiropractic services were instead spent on presents for the children.
Richard visited Dorset County Hospital just before Christmas and met with members of the Kingfisher Play Team who had helped to coordinate the visit. Richard said,
“We wanted to support King Fisher Ward, initially, as a thank you for caring for my own daughter some 15 years ago. The “presents for adjustments day” was so popular that we decided to do this every year. We have a lovely day in practice and there is so much good will from our patients aimed towards the children who are, unfortunately, in hospital over the Christmas period.
In addition, the Aquae Sulis team presented DCH Charity Fundraising Officer Kitz Clifford with £400 to be put towards projects focussed on staff welfare at the hospital. Kitz said,
“We are very grateful to Richard and to all his clients and staff for these amazing Christmas gifts and for the additional donation. The hospital is under significant pressure and these funds will go towards projects which help us to look after the ongoing wellbeing of our hardworking and dedicated NHS staff.”
Richard and the Aquae Sulis team have been regular supporters of Dorset County Hospital, and the Kingfisher Ward in particular, for 15 years. Staff always look forward to seeing them at Christmas to thank them for their ongoing support and to confirm that the gifts they provide continue to make a big difference to the experience of children treated on the ward and to their families.
For more information about ways to support DCH Charity please visit www.dchcharity.org.uk