County Show supports County Hospital Development

County Show supports County Hospital Development

The Dorset County Show has donated £10,000 to the Appeal for the new Dorset County Hospital Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

Dorset County Hospital was originally built for 22,000 attendees. Annually, over 50,000 people are treated in the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. To meet patient demand, the Hospital will build a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit which will significantly improve the hospital’s capacity and transform the experience of patients and their families.

Nicki Ralph, Chair of the Show in 2023 said “This cause is close to my heart, but it could be close to anyone’s. Many individuals across Dorset will be affected by this life-saving service, we all hope us, nor our loved ones will ever need the Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, but when we do, we are forever grateful”.

The funds raised by the County Show will go towards enhancing facilities to make patient care and staff wellbeing even better. The Hospital Charity has commenced a £2.5M Capital Appeal, to enhance patient care and staff welfare.

Simon Pearson, Head of Charity at Dorset County Hospital said “We’d like to express our sincere thanks to James, Nicki, the rest of the Dorset County Show and everyone involved in helping to achieve such a fantastic result for the Appeal. This donation will be ringfenced to support the provision of relatives’ overnight accommodation on the Critical Care Unit and will make a huge difference to the experience of families visiting loved ones in the hospital.

Mary-Jane Attwood, Appeal Officer, said, “We thank the Dorset County Show team and all their supporters for their generous donation to the Appeal. We know that this reflects a huge amount of hard work and commitment over the last year. We also greatly appreciate being selected as the Show’s Charity of the Year and the opportunity this gave us to raise awareness for the Appeal and to meet with so many wonderful local people and local businesses, many of whom we are continuing to work with as the Appeal progresses.

James Cox, Show Organiser said “We are so proud to have raised such a significant amount for this vital cause. We organised numerous fundraising events in 2023, with the pinnacle being the County Show. The Hospital expansion is vital to all in Dorset, we are pleased the County Show could do its part to support”.

Information on the Emergency and Critical Care Appeal can be found here: 

The Dorset County Show returns on 7th & 8th September 2024.

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