Former Goodyear workers donation to Compton Hospice to total £1.5 million
On Friday 15th December it was announced that a donation from former Goodyear workers to develop a state of the art Community Coordination Centre at Wolverhampton’s Compton Hospice, which aims to improve access to care for patients, will now total £1.5 million.
Members of the Unite Union Goodyear branch visited Compton to make the announcement that the donation, funded by surplus monies from the 5/344 Transport & General Workers Benevolent Fund, will now total £1.5 million.
Chairman of the Unite Union Goodyear branch Cyril Barrett commented: “On behalf of the trustees and management committee of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union I am extremely proud to say we will be putting £1.5 million into Compton Hospice Community Coordination Centre project.
“The project has created such a positive response and a real sense of pride from the workers and so we want to make sure that this project is up and running and that all costs are covered.
Mr Barrett added: “The members of the Transport & General Workers Union were very clear that they wanted to do a project with Compton Hospice because Compton is part of Wolverhampton and the Black Country’s community. Compton have supported our members, and their families, over the years. This donation is all about creating a proud living legacy, and there is no greater place to do that than with Compton Hospice. The people who have lost their jobs feel a great sense of pride that they are supporting their local community.”
Reacting to the news Compton Hospice CEO Claire Marshall commented: “This news is absolutely breath-taking; £1.5 million is a phenomenal amount of money! This donation means that we get the Community Coordination Centre of our dreams. It means we are able to transform our services going forward, and it means putting patients and families at the heart of everything we do.
“What’s even more wonderful for me is that this donation has come from local people who are part of our community and who have been supporting Compton for decades. This project means that they are leaving a fantastic legacy and that they will continue to support their community for many more decades to come. It’s very exciting for all of us here and we can’t quite believe it. It is the best gift we could have received for Christmas.”
The Compton Community Coordination Centre project will see the creation of brand new building from which the hospice will coordinate referrals to its extensive range of services including inpatient care, care in the home, day care facilities and emotional spiritual and social care. With all services being coordinated from one central point the centre will create a single point of access making it easier for patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals to access support from Compton Hospice.
The announcement follows news that planning permission for the Coordination Centre has been granted with work due to commence in 2018.
Caption – front – Cyril Barrett, Chairman of the Unite Union Goodyear branch, Claire Marshall, Compton Hospice CEO with Barry Malia, Paul Baugh & Mark Jenkins, former Goodyear employees and representatives of the Benevolent Fund.